BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man who became unruly at the hospital on Tuesday night and tried to strangle the doctor who was treating him with his own stethoscope was charged with felony assault, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.
Robert Commeau, 55, was being examined in the Eastern Maine Medical Center emergency room at around 8:15 p.m. when he became “combative and tried to wrap the doctor’s stethoscope around his neck when he tried to use [it],” the sergeant said.
Bangor police Detective James Carr, who was working a hired shift at EMMC, was called to assist hospital security with Commeau, who was becoming more and more agitated, Edwards said.
“At one point the patient stood in a defensive posture and then shoved a security guard out of the way,” he said.
Commeau was charged with felony assault on an emergency medical care provider and simple assault for shoving the security guard. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Wednesday night, a jail official said.
Commeau has a criminal history, including convictions for assault, criminal threatening, terrorizing, refusing to submit to arrest and criminal mischief within the last six years, according to court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News.
If convicted of the felony assault, Commeau could face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.