Wave of disruption buffets beach area on Alumni Weekend
Police were busy this weekend in the town's beach neighborhood, with incidents authorities said were linked to parties for Fairfield University's Alumni Weekend.
Numerous infractions were issued for violations ranging from littering to disorderly conduct, while several people had to be taken to the hospital.
The busiest period began shortly after midnight Saturday when police were called about an intoxicated man who tried to climb over the fence near the Seagrape bar, fell off and injured himself. He was taken for treatment to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.
A fire truck dispatched to the medical call had trouble getting by a large group outside 1104 Reef Road, and police said someone in the crowd threw a cup of beer at the truck. The person who threw the beer could not be located, according to the report, but Frederick Wedley, III, 20, of South Setauket, N.Y., was charged with disorderly conduct for hosting the large party. He was released on a promise to appear Oct. 31 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Also early Sunday morning, minutes after midnight, a 21-year-old man from Fitchburg, Mass., was taken to St. Vincent's for treatment of injuries he suffered when he began to jog into the street near the intersection of Fairfield Beach and Reef roads, and fell on his face, knocking out his front teeth.
Around 12:48 a.m. Sunday, police charged David Galvin, 22, of Newport, R.I., with disorderly conduct after he began yelling at police when his friend, Joseph Dougherty, 22, of Middletown, R.I., was charged was disorderly conduct a short time earlier.
Dougherty was outside the Seagrape shouting when he was told several times to quiet down and leave the area, police said. Dougherty, however, refused, police said, and was subsequently charged before falling ill and being taken to the hospital.
Around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, police discovered a 19-year-old woman from Westfield, N.J., passed out and slumped against a car on Fairfield Beach Road. Officers were able to revive her, but her speech was slurred and she staggered when she tried to walk. She, too, was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Police during the weekend also issued an infraction issued for reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian, two infractions for having an open container on public property and two infractions for littering.
Police Chief Gary MacNamara said extra patrols were deployed in the beach area for Alumni Weekend, when he said returning graduates sometimes get carried away when they are no longer under university restrictions. "It's not to say all of them are out of control," MacNamara said, "but there are unique challenges.
MacNamara said "every weekend presents challenges for us in the beach area and we look toward what each weekend presents and staff accordingly."