Man arrested at border crossing to be released for treatment

Posted June 07, 2010, at 10:25 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge will allow a Connors Township man to be released Wednesday to his sister so she can take him to be evaluated at Eastern Maine Medical Center for possible admission to the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk told Brian Nadeau, 41, that if for some reason he was not admitted to the former Bangor Mental Health Institute, or if he did not cooperate with health care providers, he would be returned to jail.

Nadeau was arrested on May 30 after a scuffle with five U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, who ultimately arrested him, at the Fort Kent point of entry from New Brunswick. He has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since he first appeared before Kravchuk on June 1.

He is charged with resisting arrest.

Kravchuk said Monday that she would consider releasing Nadeau on bail after his mental condition “has been stabilized.” Nadeau’s possible symptoms were not discussed in court Monday and are not outlined in court documents.

The series of events that led to Nadeau’s arrest began May 29, when Fort Kent police received a complaint that he had brandished a gun at children in a local park, according to an affidavit filed last week in federal court.

Town police officers asked officials at the Fort Kent border station to be on the lookout for Nadeau, who was described as armed and dangerous, the affidavit said. Fort Kent police also told federal authorities that Nadeau was wanted in Penobscot County for unpaid fines and criminal mischief.

When Nadeau showed up at the Fort Kent border crossing on May 30, officers recognized him as the man police were seeking, and his license plate reader registered an automatic “hit” on the armed-and-dangerous alert, court documents said.

Information about the alleged incident in the Fort Kent park and whether charges have been filed against Nadeau over it were not available Monday.

If convicted on the federal misdemeanor charge, he faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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