This week’s Current Court Report includes arraignments and dispositions from Monday’s Nantucket District Court session. It is led by the arraignment of a 43 year old Nantucket man accused of driving his bike into the Nantucket Intermediate School last month and pushing a teacher to the ground.
Vykintas Zutautas, 43, of Nantucket was arraigned on Feb. 10 charges of assault and battery, possession of alcohol on school grounds, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and trespassing. He had not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf and was ordered to return to court on May 15 for a pretrial hearing.
According to the police report, school resource officer Cassandra Thompson responded to the Nantucket Intermediate School at 7:40 a.m. following the report of a disorderly male riding his bike through the hallways of the school.
When Thompson arrived on scene, Zutautas was standing outside the main entrance of the building engaging in a verbal altercation with another male. He was extremely agitated, yelling incoherently at times, and was fisting his hands as though he was going to start a physical altercation.
Thompson said in the report that there were approximately 250 students between the ages of 8 and 11 outside of the school in the immediate area waiting for school to start. This forced staff members to quickly escort children inside to ensure their safety.
While officers who later arrived on scene interacted with Zutautas, they located several alcoholic beverages in his backpack, including a full nip of Bailey’s and a full can of Stella Artois beer.
Thompson said an NIS administrator told her Zutautas was asked to leave the building and property several times when he was initially located but refused to do so.
Thompson said that during the incident several teachers stood in the doorway in an attempt to block him from getting back into the building. Zutautas then rode his electric bike directly at the teachers, striking one and knocking her into the door and down onto the ground.
In other Nantucket District Court news this week, Charles Manville, 38, of Nantucket was arraigned on Feb. 17 charges vandalizing property, malicious destruction of property under $1200, and malicious damage to a motor vehicle. He had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf and was ordered to return to court on May 15 for a pretrial hearing.
After being continued without a finding for one year, Roberto Ramos, 43, of Nantucket, had a Feb. 27, 2022 charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol dismissed.
All defendants are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.