- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

PROCTOR, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police used pepper spray during an arrest after tempers flared at an overbooked Easter egg hunt at Wilson Castle in Proctor.

Sgt. Andrew Cross of the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office said his office received a call about “multiple irate parents” at the estate just before 2 p.m. Saturday. Vermont state police also were called in.

The Rutland Herald reports (bit.ly/1UmPfpz) that 34-year-old Michael Cuthbertson, of Newbury, turned his anger on police and began making threats when police tried to intervene.

Cross said he fled when told he was under arrest and police chased him and used pepper spray to subdue him. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He is due to appear in Rutland District Court on Monday.

Cuthbertson did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Event organizer Jeremy Griffin, co-owner of Party Outfitters in Rutland, said between 1,200 and 1,500 people turned out for the event.

“We did have some people that were upset. We had to do some refunds,” Griffin added.

His wife and Party Outfitters co-owner Danielle Desrochers said the trouble started when some people broke through the ropes before the scheduled start of the egg hunt and began scooping up all the eggs.

“I think when you get a lot of people at an Easter egg hunt, the kids, they get excited,” she said. “It’s hard to see the eggs on the ground and to be told to wait. And once a few start, they all start.”

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