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Defendant in Police HQ Crash Requests 2nd Program

The Ridgefield resident has already participated in a pre-trial diversionary program.

A town man accused of ramming his pickup truck into police headquarters in April has applied to participate in a second pre-trial diversionary program, his lawyer said in Danbury Superior Court on Tuesday.

In June, attorney James Diamond told the court that Sean D. Crehan had been "cooperative and compliant" in the program he was in. Crehan apparently completed that program successfully for him to be requesting a judge's approval to enter a new program.

Details of the desired program were not described during his appearance before Judge Susan Cobb.

In general, diversionary programs enable a defendant to delay or avoid being prosecuted, under the assumption the program's requirements will cause the defendant to modify the alleged aberrant behavior that resulted in arrest.

Crehan, 40, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, reckless driving and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Police said that on the evening of April 9, Crehan drove up the front lawn of police headquarters on East Ridge Road in his 1988 Chevrolet pickup and crashed it into the building's foundation.

Then, according to police, Crehan claimed to be both Christ and the anti-Christ, dropped his dog, slapped one Ridgefield officer on the head and spit on another.

The truck sustained heavy front-end damage, but damage to the building was superficial.

Arrested by warrant, Crehan, of 181 Main St., was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

Crehan also has a case pending in which he's charged with second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct for allegedly stalking his former girlfriend and their young son in late 2009.

Crehan has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

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