Burlington City Leaders say Mental Health Needs to be Addressed Following Attacks

Burlington, Vt - Burlington City leaders are bringing attention to what they say is a bigger problem following a weekend arrest.
Police say Jason Breault, 41, was taken into custody early Saturday after he cut an officer with a knife when trying to resist arrest.
Police say Breault, a transient, has been charged with 29 crimes since December 2016, including aggravated domestic assault, aggravated disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, unlawful mischief, unlawful trespass, driving with a suspended license, simple assault, and multiple arrests for violating his active pretrial conditions of release.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says he's concerned continuous instances like this are reflective of a broader mental health crisis.
"We need both there to be consequences for these types of behaviors and we need additional mental health resources so that individuals can get the right treatment in the right place at the right time, something that far too often, is not happening now," said Weinberger.

Breault was arraigned Monday morning. He's being held without bail pending his next court date.
Breault's attorney told Local 22 & Local 44 News that he's scheduled to be evaluated by a court-appointed psychiatrist.


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