November 23, 2017
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Unity man arrested after allegedly assaulting woman in moving vehicle

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Updated:
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALDO COUNTY JAIL | BDN
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALDO COUNTY JAIL | BDN
John Travers

UNITY, Maine — Police arrested a local man Wednesday night on charges including domestic violence terrorizing after officials received a phone call alerting them that a woman likely was being assaulted in a moving vehicle.

John C. Travers, 58, of Unity, was arrested at his School Street home at about 9 p.m. after Maine State Police Lt. David Tripp and Waldo County Sheriff’s Deputy Arthur Smith responded to the emergency call that had come from the alleged victim’s mother.

The mother told police that her daughter was with Travers and that he had hit her several times, reported Chief Deputy Robert Keating of the sheriff’s office.

The daughter apparently had called the mother from the vehicle, saying where they were driving at the time, Keating said.

Police searched for the vehicle, which Tripp stopped on School Street, Keating said. Tripp then spoke to the woman while Smith spoke to Travers, who reportedly smelled of intoxicants, according to Keating. Travers had been driving.

Meanwhile, the woman told police she had been hit several times while in the vehicle, Keating said.

Travers was charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, operating under the influence of intoxicants and violating condition of release. He was booked at Waldo County Jail and transferred Thursday morning to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Correction: In a previous version of this story, it was erroneously reported that the mother told police that her daughter was with Tripp. The mother reported her daughter was with Travers.


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