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Darien Man Accused Of Cursing At Neighbors, Police

Darien police charged a Tulip Tree Lane man with breach of peace after neighbors complained about him cursing and revving his engine.
Darien police charged a Tulip Tree Lane man with breach of peace after neighbors complained about him cursing and revving his engine. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

DARIEN, Conn. -- A Darien man was arrested Sunday after neighbors complained about him yelling obscenities and revving his car engine, police said.

Mark Whitehead, 52, of Tulip Tree Lane was charged with breach of peace. He was held on $250 bond and will appear in court Aug. 7.

Officers were first called to Whitehead's home at 7:30 p.m. after neighbors called to complain that he was in his front yard yelling, police said. Officers met with Whitehead, who appeared intoxicated and was drinking alcohol out of a red plastic cup, according to police reports. He was warned to adjust his behavior or he would be arrested, police said.

Officers returned to his house at 11 p.m. after the same neighbor called to complain that Whitehead was sitting in his truck, revving the engine, police said. When officers arrived the truck was empty but the hood was warm, indicating it had recently been running, according to police reports.

The door to Whitehead's home was open and he was standing in his living room, police said. He said he hadn't been revving the engine but had just moved the truck, police said.

After the officers told him he should stay inside with his door closed, he cursed at them and slammed the door in their faces, police said. They met with the neighbors, who said Whitehead had been yelling obscenities while revving the engine, police said.

Whitehead then left his house and got in his truck, police said. The officers knew that he had been drinking earlier and went to intervene, according to police. He was ordered out of the truck, and when he refused the officers took him out and placed him on the ground, police said.

As officers were handcuffing him, he continued to yell obscenities at the officers, threatening to sue them, police said. Many neighbors came out to watch the scene, and police said they started to clap as Whitehead was placed in handcuffs.

Police said they have been called to Whitehead's home nine times since November, all on reports of similar incidents. He was arrested in February after police said he yelled obscenities at neighbors and officers.

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