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Arrest, pepper spray, tempers mar overcrowded Easter egg hunt

A dry Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, welcomed an estimated 1,300 youngsters while they searched among 21,000 eggs as the Olympia Eagles' annual Easter Egg Hunt closed in on its 50th year at Priest Point Park. For the third year the organization also offered an egg hunt for special needs' children two hours before the main event. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom) Steve Bloom / The Olympian via AP

PROCTOR, Vt. (AP) — Vermont police were called in and wound up using pepper spray and making 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. on Saturday. Organizers say more than 1,200 people turned out for the event.

The Rutland Herald reports 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 arrested and police chased him and used pepper spray to subdue him. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Cuthbertson did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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