A Boston man described by his lawyer as a “diehard Patriots fan” and by himself as “drunk” at the time has pleaded not guilty to pulling a fire alarm that roused the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers from their hotel beds ahead of their playoff game against New England.
Dennis Harrison was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment Monday on charges including disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
“I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan,” he told police early Sunday after allegedly pulling the alarm, according to the Boston Globe.
Police say the 25-year-old East Boston resident pulled the alarm at the Logan Airport Hilton at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday. Authorities quickly determined it was a false alarm.
According to the Globe, friends at a party dared Harrison to disturb the Steelers’ sleep with the prank. A friend drove him to the Logan Airport hotel, where the team stayed, and he allegedly pulled the fire alarm on the second floor. But when Harrison tried to return to his friend and the vehicle, they were gone. Police saw him walking from the hotel and questioned him.