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Westport Dad Arrested in Dispute at Camp

WESTPORT, Conn. – Gerard Gaspel of Westport was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he became physical with a camp counselor at Westport's Camp Mahackeno, police said.

Gaspel, of 15 Partrick Lane, arrived at the camp around 4:40 p.m. to take his daughter home. However, Gaspel, 55, was told he was not on the list of people authorized to pick the daughter up, Capt. Sam Arciola said.

When one of the camp counselors went to stop Gaspel from leaving with his daughter, he became agitated and began shoving the employee, Arciola said. He then grabbed the employee by the throat, the police captain said. He reportedly calmed down after he was informed the police were on their way.

When officers arrived at the camp, they said could smell alcohol on Gaspel's breath. Gaspel told the officers that he was a wine consultant and had tasted different wines earlier in the day, Arciola said.

Gaspel failed field sobriety tests. He submitted to a breath test, the results of which were 0.133 and .129. The legal blood-alcohol limit in the state is 0.08. He was charged with operating under the influence and breach of peace. He was released after posting a $1,000 bond and is due in court on July 8.

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