SALEM, N.H. — A Vermont family visiting Canobie Lake Park for an afternoon on the rides instead got rides in police cruisers yesterday.
Five members of the family were arrested and two police officers were injured in a melee at the front gates.
Park security asked members of the Perry family from northern Vermont to remove the knives they had strapped to their belts before entering the park.
That apparently didn't sit well with several of them. One man starting screaming profanities at the security officers — in front of hundreds of other guests, including many children, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.
Joshua Perry, 23, of Sutton was told he was under arrest, but when an officer tried to handcuff him, Perry became combative. Then some other relatives jumped in.
Some of the family members jumped on officers' backs, some threw punches, others kicked and grabbed for the officers' weapons, Patten said.
Other family members, those not directly involved in the physical fight, supported their relatives by yelling profanities at police, Patten said.
The police radioed for backup, Patten said, more units arrived and brought the situation under control.
Two officers were hurt, one suffered a serious shoulder injury, the other was scraped and bruised.
The matriarch of the family "faked a seizure" when more officers arrived, Patten said. She was checked by paramedics at the scene and released.
But five of her family members were arrested.
Joshua Perry was held overnight on $5,000 cash bail. He faces a felony charge of rioting, resisting arrest with serious injury resulting, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Brian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville also faces a felony riot charge, simple assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He, too, was held on $5,000 cash bail.
Brian Perry, 45, of Lyndon faces felony charges of rioting and second-degree assault, as well as disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal trespass. He also was held on $5,000 cash bail.
Damian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
Ashley Perry, 20, of Sutton was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. She was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.