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Fairfield Police: Pot-Smoking Man On Cleanse Diet Punched Officer

Brian Patrick Burns
Brian Patrick Burns Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Lola Street man, who told police he was on a cleanse diet and using medical marijuana, was arrested Sunday after he punched an investigating officer, police said.

Officers were called to a home by a neighbor, who said a man — later identified as Brian Patrick Burns, 46 — was lying in the street yelling and screaming around 8:45 p.m., police said.

When officers got to the scene, the man had gone back into his home, but he came out and began swinging at the officers, punching one, police said. It took several minutes to get Burns in handcuffs and subdued, police said.

Burns told officers he was doing a new cleanse diet and that he used medical marijuana, police said.

He was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for evaluation, then taken to the police department and charged with interfering with a police officer, assault on a peace officer, fire marshal or EMS worker and breach of peace, police said.

Once at the police department, Burns told police he was smoking marijuana in his garage and began feeling like he was “losing control,” police said.

He said he didn’t remember anything else that happened, police said.

Burns posted $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 10.

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