BREWER, Maine — A local man was not happy when police asked him to put down his freshly opened beer during a Grove Street party on Sunday, and the situation quickly escalated into a full-blown confrontation, Brewer police Sgt. Arden Jones said Tuesday.
Neighbors complained to police about the loud party around noontime, and shortly after Officer Daniel Costain and Sgt. David Lord arrived, resident Edward Sykes, 23, pulled up in his truck, having just returned from a beer run.
“They could smell alcohol on him when he passed them,” Jones said.
Sykes quickly opened up a fresh beer, and he refused to put it down when officers asked.
“It started going downhill from there,” Jones said. “He became confrontational.”
While officers tried to restrain and handcuff the man, Sykes at some point reportedly kicked Sgt. Lord in the chest.
The officers placed Sykes in the back of a police cruiser and attempted to address the original noise complaint, but the suspect had other plans.
“Mr. Sykes kicked the rear side window out of the cruiser,” Jones said.
At that point, additional restraints were placed on Sykes and he was placed in another cruiser for transport to Penobscot County Jail.
“He tried kicking the rear window out of that car,” but was unsuccessful, Jones said.
Sykes, who has no criminal history with Brewer Police Department, was charged with felony criminal mischief for breaking the cruiser window and also was charged with refusing to submit to arrest, assault and driving while under the influence of intoxicants.
He spent the night in jail, and was released Monday at court, a jail official said.
If convicted of the felony, Sykes could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
The cruiser’s window was fixed on Tuesday morning, Jones said.