Update: Cooke Turns Himself into Branford Police

On an existing warrant for his arrest, Branford citizen Wayne Cooke turns himself into police tonight.

Update 1:15 p.m.

After 6 p.m. tonight, the New Haven Register reported that citizen Wayne Cooke turned himself into Branford Police after a  for his arrest was approved by the Connecticut state’s attorney’s office. 

The warrant for Cooke's arrest on second-degree reckless endangerment charges was in process since Nov. 3. 

Cooke, 56, who wore a suit to the Police Department last night for his arrest, was released last night on a promise to appear in New Haven court on Nov. 29. 

Police have sought the second-degree reckless endangerment charge on Cooke to keep people from touching or stealing his ‘DaRos Dishonest’ signs placed around town before the recent election. He admitted to police after using the gel that he intended to keep people from taking the signs but remains adamant that he "meant no harm."

The state statute states "a person is guilty of reckless endangerment in the second degree when (he/she) recklessly engages in conduct which creates a risk of physical injury to another person." In order to be found guilty, the judge would have to determine that Cooke "acted recklessly." The statute goes on to detail: "A person acts "recklessly" with respect to a result or circumstances when (he/she) is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such result will occur or that such circumstances exist." 

Cooke would have to be found to have "created risk of physical injury to another person" to be found guilty. 

This morning by phone, Cooke stated that he does believe he is guilty of second-degree reckless endangerment and that his actions did not merit such an arrest.

Cooke told the New Haven Register he would be retaining an attorney.


Bill Canosa November 16, 2011 at 01:54 AM
This is a real waste of town money and resources bird gel is no more harmful than insect repellant
Broke Dick Dad November 16, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Whether you like Wayne and his antics or not, (personally I do not - I especially disagree with his comments on this thread)...I concur with Bill....complete waste of our town resources. Much ado about nothing. Although the mug shot might make it worthwhile...for a bird cage liner, dartboard, or better yet....for next week's Where In Branford?
jeff November 16, 2011 at 02:18 PM
How about "mug shot signs" on every corner? (no gel please) Will he bring his signs,and carry on and on before the judge? What name will he use? Stay tuned folks...
Todd Bainer November 16, 2011 at 02:51 PM
The police apply for a warrant. The State's Attorney decides if there are enough facts to warrant probable cause for an arrest. It is then submitted to a Judge for his or her review and signature. It then, if approved, goes back to the police for arrest. Except for the Branford PD, most likely everyone else involved doesn't even live in Branford. It is not some great conspiracy against Wayne. He is going to get AR [accelerated rehabilitation] anyway and his record expunged. But police did the right thing.
jeff November 16, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Todd- some are beyond rehab-he'll say "no" "no" "no"Like the song. I think the Judge will order him to be evaluated in some way-they need to get to the root of his "real problem"
SolarPete November 16, 2011 at 04:46 PM
The state attorney must be laughing in his chair over this one about as funny as those big white foot prints on harbor street back in the 70s
SolarPete November 16, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Come on Todd here u go again bashing his family I'll do the right thing and flag as inappropriate
Nicole Ball November 16, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Todd Bainer has been temporarily suspended from the site for violating Patch's Terms. I encourage all readers to stay on topic, keep personal issues out of comments and please stay away from any form of harassment. Thank you in advance.
jeff November 16, 2011 at 09:51 PM
I really enjoyed reading what Todd had to say Nicole,hope he's not in"time out" to long.I think the phone calls he received from Wayne freaked him out a little.
Robert Chambers November 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM
If all it takes is a little bird gel to be reckless and endangering I guess we should probably ALL stay indoors from now on...
SolarPete November 21, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Brill cream might have been a better choice birds hate it as do kids and parents but Elvis loved it


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