Trapped behind the line.
Police said some people didn’t read posted signs at Hubbard Park in Meriden and became trapped behind a gate for the road that leads up to Castle Craig.
Now, one a group is in trouble for leaving a 12-year-old child behind.
Police said the signs are clear. They read that the park closes promptly at 4:45 p.m.
On Monday, police said two women and a man violated the park’s curfew and told officers to tow the vehicle because they didn’t want to pay the fine.
The girl’s mother, 27-year-old Yesenia Roman, was later found at a nearby shelter with someone else’s pain killers, according to police. She’s now facing related charges.
"I feel bad for police because I've seen them, one or two cops sit and wait because they know they're going to get called,” said Jennifer Lynn Bethke, a park visitor. "I'm here 3 to 4 times a week hiking.”
Some people said they figured the hours would be extended for the summer.
“I can't tell you how many people, kids [and] out-of-towners that are constantly here after the gate closes,” Bethke said. “And the town is great, they'll bring guys up to tell people, they'll come down, lock gate. I come in around 5, 5:30 and still see cars piled up there."
According to police, park goers are not heeding the warning. Locked-in vehicles face a $92 fine.
"No offense, a lot of times it's kids who don't look at signs,” Bethke said. “But there are out-of-towners. [They] can't say it's not posted. [It’s] always a problem, especially on nights and weekends.”
Bethke also said that there are other things officers should be dealing with instead of kids getting locked behind the gate.
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