November 3, 2013
ENCON Police Arrest Tolland Man on Several Charges Stemming from Illegal Hunting Incident
A 48-year-old Tolland man was arrested Saturday afternoon on a variety of charges related to illegal hunting practices, illegal possession of a firearm, and hunting under the influence of alcohol.
Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) say Darin C. Hanna, of Tolland, was arrested shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the Nye Holman State Forest, located in Ellington and Tolland.
EnCon police say they were patrolling the section of the forest area - located near the Charter Marsh Sanctuary off Route. 74 - because they had previously found an elevated tree stand set up for hunting deer over an area baited with apples and corn. Baiting for deer in this area is illegal and considered to be poaching. Baiting for deer is only allowed in certain Deer Management Zones - mostly along Long Island Sound and the lower Connecticut River - and on private land.
EnCon Police say they found Hanna in the stand with a crossbow and a loaded handgun - and that it is a violation of state law to possess a firearm while archery hunting. Upon further investigation, EnCon Police believed that Hanna did not possess a valid Connecticut permit to carry the handgun, a felony under Connecticut law.
EnCon Police also suspected Hanna was under the influence of alcohol and as a result administered a series of Standard Field Sobriety Tests.
With the assistance of Connecticut State Police, EnCon officers transported Hanna to the Troop C State Police barracks in Tolland where he was charged with Hunting deer over bait, Possession of a firearm while archery hunting for deer, Hunting under the influence, Possession of a firearm while under the influence, and Carrying a handgun without a permit.
Hanna was released on a $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in person on November 14th at Rockville Superior Court.