WEST RUTLAND-On May 24, a Vermont state Police trooper responded to a complaint about an intoxicated person at West Side Tavern, 241 Marble St., in West Rutland. Vermont State Police said the original complaint came from Stephen Eaton, 51, of Whitehall, N.Y.
Eaton claimed he was being antagonized and threatened by patrons and the bartender at the tavern.
VSP called the tavern and spoke to bartender Gail Carey. She said she asked Eaton several times to leave the bar and he was refusing to due do so. Carey informed dispatch that at some point, Eaton was involved in a physical altercation throwing a third party against the bar, trying to strangle him. It was noted that the bartender asked Eaton to leave, 27 minutes prior to the original complaint, which was at approximately 9:57 p.m.
Witnesses at the tavern provided sworn written statements advising the following information-
Dianna Serrani, advised that Eaton was antagonizing the bartender and was refusing to leave after engaging in a fight with a third party.
Richard Shull, confirmed that Eaton refused to leave the bar after he was told to leave because he attempted to strike the bartender.
Eaton was argumentative and combative during this incident and continued his aggressive behavior.
Based on observations and statements provided, Eaton was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass.
While in custody at the VSP barracks, Eaton urinated into an open drawer located next to the holding cell.
Eaton was lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail.