Bristol woman accused of spitting on cop, using racial slurs

Published on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 16:05


BRISTOL - A city woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spitting in a police officer’s face and using racial slurs.

Brigid Gilhooly, 54, of 200 Blakeslee St., allegedly threw a suitcase at an officer’s feet, raised her hands toward his face and called him a punk while police were investigating a domestic incident at her apartment, according to the police report. Police said she also used a racial slur multiple times directed at a black man living in her unit.

She faces charges of assault on a police officer and disorderly conduct.

Police responded to Gilhooly’s apartment at about 5:12 p.m. on the report of a domestic. There, she told officers she wanted a man living in her home to get out, and she used a racial slur to describe him multiple times. He told police, however, his name was also on the lease.

Officers told Gilhooly the man would not be leaving, so she began packing his things into a suitcase, police said. She then walked toward the front door and was told if she threw the suitcase outside she would be arrested. Instead, she allegedly threw it toward an officer’s feet and raised her hands near his face, calling him a punk and telling him she would “make you look like a [expletive] fool in court,” according to the report.

By this time, spit was leaving Gilhooly’s mouth when she was yelling and hitting the officer, so he told her not to spit on him. In response, police said, she deliberately spit directly in his face. After a brief struggle, she was handcuffed.

While being escorted to a police cruiser, Gilhooly allegedly again used a racial slur to describe the man living in her apartment and told him she would get him deported, according to the report. She was held in custody overnight and arraigned Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.

During her hearing, officials said Gilhooly was convicted nearly 20 years ago of operating under suspension, driving under the influence and breach of peace. Ronald Dearstyne, state prosecutor, said he will be pursing prison time.

“She will be going to jail for this charge if the state has anything to say about it,” Dearstyne said.

Gilhooly’s bond was set at $25,000, which was posted shortly after her hearing. She is due back in court on June 6 to enter a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 16:05. Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 16:08.