June 24, 2018
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Freedom man arrested after crashing truck, reportedly trying to hit police officer

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

FREEDOM, Maine — A man who allegedly tried to “take a swing” at a police officer investigating a traffic accident that happened early Sunday morning has been charged in connection with the incident.

Michael L. Wilson, 28, of Freedom, apparently had left the road in his pickup truck at 12:10 a.m. near the intersection of Route 137 and Ayer Ridge Road, according to a police report.

Someone called to say that the truck had hit a utility pole, Chief Deputy Robert Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Deputy Nick Ottinger went to the scene and found the truck, the broken pole and the downed wires, but no sign of the driver. However, the truck was found to be registered to Wilson. When the officer went to Wilson’s home to speak with him, Wilson fled out the back, Keating said.

Ottinger told Wilson to come out of the woods, but when he did, he “took a swing” at the deputy, who was not hurt, according to Keating.

Wilson continued to be uncooperative with the police during his arrest. He was charged with operating after suspension, operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor, refusing to submit to arrest, assault and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

His court date is set for Aug. 25 at Waldo County Superior Court.

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