• Man accused of charging up stairs at police
    June 12,2013
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    Man denies charging police

    BENNINGTON — A Benmont Avenue man is facing a criminal charge after police said he attempted to push by two officers while arguing with a woman.

    Justin J. Chaplin, 27, of Bennington, pleaded innocent Monday in Bennington criminal court to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He was released without bail.

    In an affidavit, Officer David Faden of the Bennington Police Department said he was dispatched to a Main Street home around 8:30 p.m. May 29 because a man was trying to enter an apartment.

    Faden said when he reached the area, he found that Cpl. Andy Hunt, also of the Bennington Police Department, was telling Chaplin to go home. Chaplin was on the second floor of the home, carrying a bicycle.

    Faden said Chaplin agreed to leave and police went to the second floor to speak with the woman who had called to report the incident. However, as soon as the woman opened the door, Chaplin dropped the bicycle and began running back up the stairs.

    Faden said he and Hunt stopped Chaplin and brought him downstairs. When Chaplin wouldn’t leave, after being reportedly told by police to go home, he was forced to the ground and then handcuffed, Faden said.

    According to Faden, Chaplin was taken to the Rutland jail and held until sober.

    Chaplin was previously convicted of disorderly conduct in 2008.
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