An associate professor at UConn who is on administrative leave and on probation after allegedly getting drunk and vandalizing several high-end cars in Greenwich, was arrested in Vernon, accused of spitting in the face of police officer who went to check on him in May and driving under the influence this past Saturday.
A Vernon police officer stopped Gabriel Fenteany, 47, of Vernon, around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday when he did not signal as he pulled off Route 30 and into the parking lot of his apartment complex on the Hartford Turnpike, police said.
Fenteany failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence and failure to signal turn. Bond was set at $2,500 for this charge.
Police said they had an outstanding arrest warrant for him for an incident on May 10, when police went to Fenteany’s apartment to check his welfare.
He refused to open the door for the officers, who used a key to get in, police said. Emergency responders determined that Fenteany should be committed to the hospital for a mental health evaluation and said he kicked an officer and spit in the officer’s face.
He was transported by ambulance to the hospital and police applied for an arrest warrant, which was served on Saturday.
Fenteany was charged with assault on a police officer and his bond was set at $100,000.
He is due in Rockville Court on June 16.
Court records state that probation was ordered for the charges in Greenwich.