May 21, 2018
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Brewer man charged after fleeing from police

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man was charged with refusing to submit to arrest Tuesday morning after running away from a Bangor police officer.

Instead of a trip to the county lockup, however, Joshua Gray, 30, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of what police believe were side effects from the designer drug bath salts, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday afternoon.

Gray came to the attention of city police shortly after 7 a.m., when he reportedly was seen walking near the intersection of Ohio and Hammond streets “hitting and screaming at trees,” Edwards said, citing a police report.

When Officer Doug Smith, who knew him, approached, Gray was uncooperative and behaving in a manner that Edwards described as “delusional.” Gray also was having difficulty making himself understood. He refused to take his hands out of his pockets, which was trouble to Smith.

When Smith got near Gray, Gray spun around and tried to shove him in the face and neck but missed, Edwards said. Gray then fled down Hammond Street with Smith in pursuit.

Smith caught up with the suspect near the former YMCA building, where he detained Gray until emergency medical professionals could get him to the hospital, Edwards said.

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