EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Kansas man was scheduled to appear in court Friday morning after campers called police saying he was driving erratically and pointing a handgun at them.
The message the owner of Nelson’s Family Campground wants to get out is that they dealt with this by quickly removing 33-year-old Lee Byron Mitchell and no one was hurt. The owner says it started with Mitchell driving too fast through the East Hampton campground. Police say they were called after he reportedly pointed a gun at campers at around 8:00 on Thursday night.
“It’s not so surprising for the fact everybody’s got guns and arguments, bar fights,” said Tom Planeta of East Hampton. “But it kind of makes me not safe.”
“Very surprised, very,” said Pam Broadwell of East Hampton. “You don’t hear anything like that around here so it’s a nice quiet like I said family-oriented town.”
East Hampton police say Mitchell left Nelson’s Family Campground at 71 Mott Hill Road and headed south toward Lake Drive. That’s where officers pulled him over and observed a loaded handgun on the front seat of the vehicle.
Mitchell who is from Augusta, Kansas faces numerous charges including Threatening in the First Degree, Breach of Peace, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Possession of a Firearm while Under the Influence, Weapon in a Motor Vehicle, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor, Drug or Both, and Operating Under Suspension.
He was held on a $25,000 Surety Bond and was scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Friday morning.
“Very glad yes,” said Broadwell. “It’s peace of mind.”
Tom Planeta is glad the Kansas camper was kicked out.
“Everybody’s friendly there,” said Planeta. “My grandmother’s had a friend up there who’s lived up there for years and you can fish, bike around there.”
After his arrest Mitchell never returned to the campground. The owner tells News 8 his belongings were brought out to him and he has been removed permanently.