May 22, 2018
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Warren man accused of firing pellet gun at vehicles, scuffling with officer

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

WARREN, Maine — A police officer investigating a report Saturday night that someone was taking potshots at vehicles traveling Route 90 found some trouble when he tracked the alleged shooter to his home.

When Sgt. Michael Sprague of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that a person was firing a pellet gun and throwing rocks at cars, breaking two windows in the process, he went to the scene with a tracking canine.

The dog led Sprague to the home of Nicholas Adkins, 21, of Warren, who did not cooperate with police, according to a report from Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

Carroll said there was an altercation when the sergeant tried to place Adkins under arrest and that the suspect blocked and locked the door while the two men were still inside. Sprague suffered unspecified injuries during the struggle but eventually was able to bring Adkins to the ground using force and arrested him, Carroll said.

Adkins was charged with aggravated criminal mischief, obstructing government administration and criminal restraint.

He remained in custody Tuesday at Knox County Jail, where he is being held on $1,500 cash bail. Jail officials found .177-caliber pellets on his person, according to Carroll.

The hit vehicles had an estimated $1,000 in damage.

Carroll said that police have dealt with Adkins before “on numerous occasions.”

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