UConn Professor Adds Drunk Driving to Long List of Criminal Charges

Gabriel Fenteany has been on administrative leave from UConn since his December arrest. His past charges include risk of injury to a child, assault, criminal mischief and breach of peace.

Gabriel Fenteany (Greenwich Police Department photo, Patch.com archives)
Gabriel Fenteany (Greenwich Police Department photo, Patch.com archives)

From allegedly urinating on cars to assaulting a police officer, one University of Connecticut professor keeps adding arrests to his rap sheet. This time, it was drunk driving.

Vernon police saw Gabriel Fenteany, 47, allegedly make a turn without using a signal Saturday night, according to WFSB.com. Fenteany then is accused of failing a field sobriety test, and police arrested him for drunk driving and failing to signal a turn.

Police also served Fenteany with an outstanding warrant Saturday for an incident in May when he allegedly kicked and spit at an officer, WTNH.com reported.

Officers had gone to Fenteany’s home to do a welfare check, but he wouldn’t open the door. When police entered with a key and determined Fenteany needed to be committed to a hospital, the man allegedly kicked an officer and spit in his face, WTNH reported. Fenteany was served Saturday with the warrant for assaulting a police officer.

But even before this incident, Fenteany had been in trouble with the law. In December 2013, Fenteany was arrested by UConn police for allegedly peeing in a Greenwich parking lot and ripping sideview mirrors from expensive cars on Oct. 26, according to a Patch.com article posted Dec. 3.

In that incident, Fenteany was charged with several degrees of criminal mischief and breach of peace, Patch.com reported.

The Hartford Courant reported Monday the UConn associate chemistry professor earns $97,600 a year. A UConn spokeswoman told The Courant that Fenteany “was placed on administrative leave after the December arrest and has been banned from campus since then.” According to Patch.com, a spokesperson had previously said Fenteany began working at UConn in 2006.

The crimes stretch even further in the past. The Daily Campus at UConn published an article Feb. 26, 2013, that describes charges against Fenteany. These included felonies — violation of a protective order and risk of injury to a child — and misdemeanors — including breach of peace, criminal mischief, interfering with an emergency call, resisting an officer on two accounts and third-degree assault, according to The Daily Campus.

These incidents date back to June 2012, according to Patch.com, and they involve a domestic dispute.

Fenteany was called to Rockville Superior Court on Monday morning for his drunk driving arrest, WFSB.com reported.


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