An East Hartford Man lost his composure at on Wednesday as children were gathering for the first day of classes and is facing a number of serious charges as a result, Vernon police said.
David Salmon, 26, of 72 Garvan St., East Hartford, was involved in an argument at the school with his child's mother during the opening ceremonies, police said.
His actions did not jeopardize the safety of any children, school officials said.
The argument continued outside the school and Salmon threw milk on the woman, an arrest report indicates. They left in separate vehicles, but road rage took over as Salmon followed the woman and bumped her car from behind several times, according to an arrest report.
Salmon continued to follow the woman's car closely up West Street, an arrest report indicates. An officer attempted to stop Salmon's vehicle, but Salmon began speeding away, police said. His vehicle crossed the center line and nearly collided with oncoming traffic, according to an arrest report.
The officer continued following Salmon for a short distance before he pulled over and was arrested at 8:52 a.m., police said.
At 1 p.m., Salmon was being held on a $25,000 bond for the following charges:
• Second-degree breach of peace.
• Engaging police in pursuit.
• Possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana.
• Second-degree reckless endangerment.
• Reckless driving.
• Interfering with police.
• Second-degree stalking.
• Second-degree threatening.
Salmon spent time in jail for a 2010 incident in Vernon involving a gun theft conspiracy, police spokesman Lt. William Meier said.
Superintendent of School Maery Conway said the argument outside did not disrupt the traditional flag ceremony and students getting ready for classes. She said those participating in the opening ceremonies were unaware of any altercation.
School officials said they considered it a police matter since no children were affected.