Carson Briere, the son of interim Philadelphia Flyers general manager Daniel Briere, is facing three charges after he appeared to push an unoccupied wheelchair down a stairwell.
Briere, a Mercyhurst University hockey player, faces charges of criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy to commit mischief and disorderly conduct in Eric County, Pennsylvania, for the incident. Patrick Carrozzi, a senior member of the Mercyhurst lacrosse team, faces the same charges.
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Erie County police filed the charges with District Judge Sue Mack on Monday. The two are due to appear in court on May 22.
Surveillance footage of the incident surfaced on social media last week. It appeared to show Briere and Carrozzi at the top of a staircase chatting before the son of former NHL hockey player Daniel Briere carried the chair down the stairs.
Police say the men’s actions posed a potential danger to anyone going up the stairs, while also creating a dangerous condition by blocking the stairs.
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Sydney Benes, the wheelchair’s owner, filed a complaint saying the fall down the stairs damaged the object’s left brake handle, broke plastic trim on the right armrest, bent a rear handle and caused the wheels to drag on the wheelchair. advance. Benes said the wheelchair, purchased a year ago, cost $2,000.
Carson Briere apologized for his actions in a statement last week.
«I am deeply sorry for my behavior on Saturday. There is no excuse for my actions and I will do everything I can to make up for this gross lack of judgment,» he said.
Added Daniel Briere: «I was shocked to see Carson’s actions in the video shared on social media yesterday. They are inexcusable and go completely against our family values of treating people with respect. Carson is so sorry and You accept full responsibility for your behavior.»
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Briere and two others were provisionally suspended while Mercyhurst University investigated the matter.
Associated Press contributed to this report.