Man Trying to Spit Falls from Balcony

A 21-year-old fell from a third floor balcony at Wellington Square.

A 21-year-old Middletown man who fell from a balcony at Wellington Square in Newport was trying to “spit a loogie,” police reports say.

Daniel Breen, of Middletown, fell about 25 feet from a third floor balcony last Sunday, and suffered a broken nose and needed several stitches. His injuries were not life threatening.

were dispatched to Wellington Square around 2:52 a.m. for a report of a man falling. Breen was found on his back with several people trying to move him.

He was transported to .

According to reports, witnesses said they were on the balcony with Breen and had been drinking. Breen reportedly said, “Want to see me spit a loogie?” before he leaned forward and “tumbled head over heels to the ground.”

Reports estimated the fall to be between 25 to 27 feet. 

The above reports detail arrests made by the . Descriptions of all events are based solely on police officer reports provided to Patch.

Eileen Winters May 02, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Let me preface my comment by saying that I posted this on the Newport Patch as well. Ms Kenefick, did you speak with his family? Yeah. I thought not. We have all done crazy things. I have and I'm sure you have. Your article is nothing more than another example of yellow journalism. This boy is from a well-respected local family. He almost lost his life in that 30' fall. He was very lucky an awning broke the impact. He'd have been dead otherwise. Where is your humanity? If you truly "read" the police log, you'd have seen that he, well let's get real, had extensive damage to his face from falling face down and also broke a number of bones. A few stitches? Try talking to the doctors at RI Hospital who had to stitch him up. Did you get to see the pictures the police took at the scene of the accident? Oh that's right--it's private information. Was he drinking shots over the balcony--no. He was having a contest--B*D. Did you visit the scene of the accident and get a visual on the distance he fell? Have you so little regard for someone's life that you can cavalierly print such a piece of trash? You have made light of what was a tragic accident. You owe an apology to his family. They have been by his side 24/7 since this happened. It's a miracle he's alive. In case you're wondering, that boy is my nephew, whom I love very much.
Neil Ansucket May 03, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Like I said before, you do anything wrong these days, people will crush what is left of your mortal soul. I'm sure there are many good things to say about this young man, but this is how people get judged, by making one little mistake. I hope all is well and he recovers good.
Claire Valente May 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I am so glad I saw the article in the Newport Daily News, if not I would not have called Danny's mom to see how he was. Ms. Kenefick, you act like this was a joke. This very wonderful young man could very easily have died from a fall of this magnitude. You really do owe the family and Danny an apology for the way you wrote this article and misrepresented the degree of his injuries. The Breen family is in our prayers.
Eileen Winters May 03, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I would like to add that over 40 comments regarding Danny's accident have been posted on the Newport Patch. I cannot understand the vitriolic criticism of some of these posters who think Danny got what he deserved. The title of this article is what drew attention to it in the first place--let alone the content. The only news organizations that would print this kind of sensational headline are those like the National Enquirer and other rags of this ilk. Take, for ex., a headline in the Enquirer today: "Beer Bash Bloodbath Equals Killer Party." Maybe Patch aspires to journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers. This is what yellow journalism is. Making fun of a tragic accident has no place in any ethical news organization.
Neil Ansucket May 06, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Well we were givin Free speach, but how free should it Be. To emphasize on words to exploit ones mistake into a catastrophe is an unfair practice in the opposition of crushing your fellow man. That is the practice we are pursuing in our country. No compasion, no understanding. Put yourself in his shoes..........("It's good to be alive today").....................instead of being the one so willling to throw the first stone.


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