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Sep 19, 2015 11:55 AM

Vermont man arrested after giving Manchester police officer the finger


MANCHESTER - A Vermont man is under arrest after giving a police sergeant the finger -- leading the officer to check on his "well being," according to a police news release.

According to police, Sgt. Robert Bellenoit was exiting Consuelo’s on Amherst Street at approximately 12:50 p.m. on Thursday when he noticed a vehicle parked in front of the court and noticed one of the occupants was videotaping him.

As he walked past, he noticed the male passenger was waving his hand out of the window. The subject, later identified as Sean Buckner, 49, of Vermont, allegedly presented his middle finger.

The news release says Bellenoit then walked over to the vehicle to check on the well being of the two occupants.

"He noticed Buckner was sweating profusely as he asked him if he needed police assistance. Buckner allegedly became argumentative, tensed up and stated he could give him the middle finger if he wanted to," the news release reads.

Bellenoit then became concerned Buckner was under the influence of an illegal substance and "wanted to make sure he was okay," police said.

"Buckner allegedly stuck his hand in between the front seat as if he were reaching for an unknown object. Sgt. Bellenoit was fearful for his safety, so he grabbed hold of Buckner’s arm and prevented him from reaching in between the seats," the news release states. "This prompted the officer to physically remove Buckner from the vehicle; however Buckner failed to comply."

Police say Buckner allegedly continued with a profanity-laced tirade and challenged the officer to a fight.

"The officer attempted to quell his loud and boisterous behavior due to the heavy foot traffic at the time of the incident," the news release reads.

Buckner was ultimately charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was scheduled to be arraigned in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Friday.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Tabitha Wakefield, 26, of Vermont. She was not charged in the incident.


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