College Student Gets Stuck in Well During Wild Party in Hamden

Five people were arrested Halloween night after police said the party got out of control.

By Josh Chapin, Audrey Washington and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Friday, Nov 1, 2013  |  Updated 7:12 PM EDT
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College Student Gets Stuck in Well During Wild Party in Hamden

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A Quinnipiac University student fell 15 feet into a dry well last night and was stuck for around half an hour.

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Hamden police arrested five people after a party that got out of control on Halloween night.

Officers responded to a house at 3235 Whitney Avenue around 11 p.m. on Thursday after receiving reports of a large crowd that was excessively loud and causing parking and traffic concerns.

When police arrived, the found nearly 500 people at the party, many who were intoxicated, police said.  Police called Quinnipiac University to help transport many of the students back to campus, authorities said.

Officers also discovered a party-goer had fallen into a 15-foot well and needed to be rescued.

The fire chief said the student, who was dressed in a cowboy costume for Halloween, backed into the uncovered well, became wedged inside and was stuck for more than half an hour.

Emergency crews had to use a pulley system to safely free him. They also had the clear the scene around the well to ensure that there was no collapse.

“Tonight it’s the strangest call we’ve had. It’s the most dangerous call we’ve had tonight, especially from my personnel. … Any time things like this happen, it puts my people in jeopardy and the public,” David Berardesca,  Hamden’s fire chief, said.

The student only suffered minor scrapes and bruises and was sent home after being evaluated, according to officials.

Police arrested the five residents of the home.

Antonio Blanco, Scott Schubet, Zachary Palmer, Ryan Spagnuolo and Brian Macduff, all 21, were charged with breach of peace.  They were all released on a promise to appear in court on Nov. 6.
 

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