Carson Briere, son of interim NHL general manager, faces charges for pushing a wheelchair

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.

FILE – Holy Cross’s Jack Robilotti (2) defends Mercyhurst’s Carson Briere (6) during the first half of an NCAA hockey game on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Worcester, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

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.»

FILE - Danny Briere speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Voorhees, New Jersey.

FILE – Danny Briere speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Voorhees, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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Briere and two others were provisionally suspended while Mercyhurst University investigated the matter.

Associated Press contributed to this report.