New Castle News

November 6, 2013

Man breaks police restraint chair

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — An East Side man allegedly broke the strap retractors on the city police restraint chair after being arrested.

New Castle police charged Michael J. Rubin III, 53, of 711 E. Lutton St., in connection with the incident, which they said occurred around 3:45 a.m. Thursday at the city jail. He had been arrested for a domestic dispute and neighborhood disturbance.

Police said that after the domestic incident on Lutton Street, Rubin was walking home when he allegedly yelled obscenities at his neighbor, who was sitting on her front porch.

Police arrested him for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and put him in the city jail for his safety. Inside his cell, he was screaming and punching and banged the cell door and window repeatedly, officers said.

Police then strapped him into the restraint chair but he continued to be combative and tried to free himself, according to officers, who said he broke two shoulder belt retractors and one waist belt retractor on the chair.

He was released and charged Monday with institutional vandalism, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

He will be sent a summons to appear in court.