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Arrest made at Easter Egg Hunt

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PROCTOR, Vt. -

A fun family event goes wrong in Proctor.

Thousands flocked to Wilson Castle to hunt for about 25,000 Easter eggs. But an altercation ended the day earlier than planned -- with pepper spray being deployed and one person taken into custody.

Vermont State Police and deputies from the Rutland Sheriff's Department were called to the scene where many had become irritated by the long lines and lack of organization. Witnesses say a parent began making loud threats, demanding a refund, and refused to calm down after being asked by an officer. One volunteer -- who witnesses the incident-- says things escalated quickly.

"Saw a lot of commotion, a lot of cursing and swearing, and I just came down to see what was going on, and the guy got belligerent with a cop, cop said okay you're under arrest, and the guy got even more belligerent, took off running and the cop chased him," said Keith Hier, Event Volunteer.

The deputy who made the arrest confirms that he used pepper spray to tame the man once he got to the roadway, but emphasizes that no children were around, and the closest person to him when it was deployed was at least 20 yards away. We do not know the name of the person taken into custody or what charges are being filed.

The egg hunt was put on by Rutland-based company Party Outfitters, who planned on donating money made to restoring the Wilson Castle. Coordinators say they were told the venue could hold up to 3,000 people - at least 1,500 were there at the time of the incident.

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