POLICE BEAT

Intoxicated man Tasered after attempting to flee, police say

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, at 1:26 p.m.
Anthony Wardwell
Anthony Wardwell

BANGOR, Maine — A man out on bail and barred from drinking alcohol by court order was caught with a beer in his hand Saturday night and then was hit by a Taser when he took off running, Bangor Police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

The initial report was that Anthony M. Wardwell, 47, of Bangor was intoxicated and threatening people near Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street at around 7:05 p.m. Officer Jason Linkletter, with the assistance of a bystander who pointed out Wardwell’s location, found him holding a beer and sitting beside a fence along Main Street, according to police.

After Linkletter verified that Wardwell was on bail and not allowed to consume alcohol, Wardwell “stated he was not going to jail and took off running,” Edwards said.

After warning Wardwell, to no avail, that a Taser would be used on him, Linkletter used the Taser on the man and arrested him for violating his bail and refusing to submit to arrest, the sergeant said. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail, and was scheduled to be in court on Monday, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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