BANGOR, Maine — A police officer investigating a noise complaint on Division Street on Sunday night was kicked by a local man after arresting him for disorderly conduct, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Dale Pomeroy, 42, was on the street with no shirt or shoes on when officers arrived around 9:25 p.m. Standing with him were two other men who were bleeding from the face, and all three seemed to be intoxicated, the sergeant said.
“When we got there they were giving us a story about being jumped,” Edwards said. “It just didn’t make sense.”
The trio’s statements were not consistent, and that made the reported assault difficult to investigate, Edwards said.
Officers Joshua Wotton and Kevin Murphy interviewed the men and “couldn’t make heads or tails of the original complaint,” he said.
Bangor Fire Department paramedics checked the men’s injuries, and all three declined to be taken to the hospital.
While police were questioning the men, “Pomeroy became very aggressive and disorderly and, after being warned, was arrested for disorderly conduct,” Edwards said.
When police tried to put Pomeroy in the police cruiser, “he refused to comply, and when he was finally slid into the back seat he raised his leg and kicked Officer Wotton in the chest,” the sergeant added.
Wotton, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, did not require medical attention, Edwards said.
Pomeroy was charged with felony assault on a police officer, refusing to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and remained there Monday morning.
If convicted of felony assault, Pomeroy could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.