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Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Overwhelming force is the norm now for most areas. ......
I'm glad I still live in a town small enough that the cops and firefighters are all generational townies and everyone knows everybody. Very Andy Griffith. If the state cops or Feds came in the town cops would be more supportive of the residents and suspicious of the intruders.
In 2008, Coffey was charged with attempted theft, battery and criminal mischief after a taxi driver said he had been punched in the face.
According to court records, police were dispatched to the Berlin Avenue home on Dec. 6, 2008, where a 29-year-old driver for Blue Ribbon Taxi said he had picked up Coffey from the Elks Lodge that evening.
The driver said Coffey was clearly intoxicated and asked to be driven to his home on Berlin Avenue, where he was asked to pay the fare. The driver said Coffey became enraged and refused to pay. He then grabbed the driver’s portable radio that was sitting nearby and started to exit the cab.
The driver grabbed Coffey by the jacket, and Coffey reportedly lunged at the victim, punching him the face and arms. Coffey then went inside his home, and the driver called 911.
Before police arrived, the driver said Coffey came back outside with an aluminum baseball bat and started to attack the driver's vehicle. Police say they observed a visible dent in the car.
Officers then went to Coffey's home and knocked. He eventually answered. Police say he had a "crazed" look in his eyes, describing them as "wide opening without blinking." He fought officers as he was being physically restrained and taken to jail.
Coffey later pleaded guilty to the theft as a felony, and as part of the agreement, the other counts were dropped. He was sentenced to two years, which was all suspended and ordered to serve the time on probation.