Fairfield man accused of assaulting 2 police officers

Posted Sept. 24, 2010, at 12:03 p.m.
William J. Kingsbury of Fairfield, to go with story slugged &quotkingsbury" by Christopher Cousins.(Photo courtesy of Somerset County Jail)
William J. Kingsbury of Fairfield, to go with story slugged "kingsbury" by Christopher Cousins.(Photo courtesy of Somerset County Jail)

PALMYRA, Maine — A Fairfield man faces multiple charges and a Nov. 3 court date after an alleged drunken rampage that ended with physical altercations with two police officers.

William Kingsbury, 24, is charged with criminal mischief, terrorizing and assault on an officer after his arrest early Monday morning at Lovely’s Motel on U.S. Route 2 in Palmyra.

According to Maine State Police Trooper Hugh Landry, who couldn’t be reached until Friday morning because he was off duty this week, said he was dispatched to the motel at about 2:10 a.m. Monday after two reports of a drunken man making threats. Because Landry lives about 20 minutes from Palmyra, he requested backup from the Newport Police Department. Newport police Officer Amanda Smith was the first on the scene.

When Smith arrived, Kingsbury allegedly was trying to break through the door of the hotel’s business office. The hotel’s manager and his son were inside. According to Landry, Kingsbury was screaming that he was the devil and threatening to kill people. Soon after Smith’s arrival, Dexter police Officer Dana Gatcomb, who was on his way home from working a patrol shift, stopped at the hotel to assist.

The two officers struggled to bring Kingsbury, who is more than 6 feet tall and near 300 pounds, under control, according to Landry. In the process, Smith was hit in the face, and Gatcomb was pushed forcibly against a truck. Neither officer was seriously injured.

Smith then used a taser on Kingsbury, and the two officers were able to handcuff him.

After Kingsbury was checked out at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, a Pittsfield policeman brought him to the Somerset County Jail. Kingsbury posted bail and was released on Tuesday, according to an officer at the jail.

Asked what provoked Kingsbury’s outburst, Landry said he didn’t know.

“He was just out of his mind drinking,” Landry said. It was unclear whether Kingsbury was staying at the hotel or how he arrived there.

Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid said he was pleased with Smith’s response and glad she was not injured. He added that his officers can respond to incidents in other towns if they are called as backup officers.

“Public safety is our No. 1 concern, whether we’re in Newport or Palmyra,” Macdaid said.

Dexter police Chief James Emerson said Gatcomb is not required to respond as he did.

“We don’t order our officers to do that kind of thing, but we’re all the same,” Emerson said. “If we hear something like that on the radio, any of us would immediately go to another officer’s assistance.”

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