Man on ‘bath salts’ attempts to disarm officer
|(Christopher Buzzell, photo courtesy of Bangor Police)|
On Aug. 14, around 10 a.m., Officers Eric Tourtelotte and Kevin MacLaren responded to a Mitchell Street address to the report of a domestic issue. Tourtelotte was the first to arrive and reported that a witness stated that a Christopher Buzzell, 27, of Bangor was on bath salts and had “lost it.”
As the officer looked for Buzzell, he heard a back door slam and learned he had run away on foot. MacLaren was in the area and on the lookout for Buzzell when he observed him running down Bolling Drive. Buzzell was uncooperative with MacLaren, resisting his commands to stop. The officer deployed his Taser to subdue Buzzell.
Tourtelotte rode with Buzzell in the ambulance to EMMC’s Emergency Room and reported that Buzzell was making statements that were consistent with being delusional and supported the earlier witness statement that the suspect was more than likely on bath salts.
Buzzell was left at the hospital. He was charged with refusing to submit to arrest or detention along with a probation violation once he was medically cleared.
That evening, around 8:45 p.m., Officers Russ Twaddell and Kevin MacLaren were dispatched back to EMMC in order to take Buzzell into custody for the previous charges as he was medically cleared for release. As the officers attempted to handcuff Mr. Buzzell, he screamed, became extremely combative, and was reported as “incredibly strong” as both officers grounded him. As they struggled to control Buzzell, Twaddell reported that he (Buzzell) grabbed his service pistol and tried to pull it out of the holster, to which defensive actions and the use of a Taser were deployed by the officers to detain him.
Buzzell was finally transported to the Penobscot County Jail and issued a second charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention and class C felony assault on a police officer.
Officer Twaddell was treated for blood borne pathogen exposure and shoulder pain, and shortly thereafter cleared for full duty.
Man breaks window of downtown business
|(Joseph Mailman, photo courtesy of Bangor Police)|
|(Mark Elkins, photo courtesy of Bangor Police)|
On Aug. 14, around 12:30 a.m., Officer Jamie Fanning was called to 3 State Street because a man was reportedly screaming that he was on bath salts.
While Fanning responded, dispatch advised her that one of the men was seen punching out a window at a lower State Street business. The officer arrived and identified three men, one of whom was reportedly bleeding from his hand and had blood on his sneakers.
Police used a K9 to link the group with the damaged window and summoned Joseph Mailman, 24, of Bangor for criminal mischief. Mark J. Elkins, 27, of Bangor was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
How to go to jail
LAMOINE – A Trenton man reportedly talked, or yelled, his way to jail last Wednesday.
On Aug. 12, Tpr. Mitchell received a suspicious complaint about a vehicle in a ditch on Birch Lawn Drive in Lamoine. Mitchell located the vehicle and its owner, Donnie Badger, 37, of Trenton. Badger reportedly became loud and belligerent and was ultimately arrested for disorderly conduct.
Police don’t like it when you tell witnesses what to say
OLD TOWN – It’s one thing to get your own story straight, but it’s a crime to try to make other people say the same thing. An Old Town man is facing several charges after he allegedly told a witness what to tell police.
On Aug. 13, around 8:24 a.m., employees of an Old Town business called police to inform them that a man was going through vehicles in the parking lot.
Office Christine McAvoy responded, and after interviewing witnesses spoke to Wayne Willette, 38, of Old Town. He told the officer to speak to another bystander, but she later learned that Willette had reportedly coached the “witness” with what to say.
Willette was issued a criminal trespass warning, and summoned for tampering with a witness and operating after habitual offender revocation. Police noted further charges may be pending.
Passed out drunk with a suspended license is also a violation of bail
STEUBEN – A Steuben man is facing charges after police found him allegedly passed out behind the wheel of a car he didn’t have a license to drive.
On Aug. 13, Det. Elmer Farren was conducting an OUI enforcement detail when he arrested Kirk Loud, 31, of Steuben for operating under the influence, operating after suspension and violation of conditions of release.
Loud was found at the end of the East Side Rd. in Steuben passed out behind the wheel.
Feel like a nut?
WHITING – A flagger called authorities when a passing motorist reportedly chucked a peanut at him while driving through a construction zone. Trooper Andrew Foss determined that the offending legume was thrown by relatives of the flagger, who then declined to press charges.