A California man is charged with interfering with police after officers say a man was seen speeding dangerously around Wesleyan's campus on a motorbike and he refused to identify the culprit.
On Nov. 4 at 12:17 a.m., an unidentified man was seen by Middletown Police speeding around the Wesleyan University campus near Church Street on a motorized mini motorcycle. He allegedly cut in front of an officer's cruiser, without having tail or head lamps lit, the report says.
The operator seemed to be speeding away, the officer says, then "lost control and drove straight into a Dumpster, flipped over the handlebars and landed on his back."
Police say he jumped up and over a six-foot-tall fence, then fell four more feet below the Dumpster, and got up with a "noticeable limp."
While the officer was turning off the scooter's running motor, Julian Compagni-Portis, 19, of Clive Avenue, Oakland, Calif., removed the key, then, the report says, told police it was not his, and walked away with it. The report says Compagni-Portis refused several times to hand over the keys, asking, "why?" He wouldn't say who the friend was who owned the motorcycle, police indicate, to protect him.
He was charged with interfering with an officer.