HANCOCK, Maine — A Steuben man is facing multiple charges after he tried to steal a ladder that belongs to a Hancock County deputy sheriff and then punched the deputy in the face, according to police.
The deputy, Corey Bagley, suffered only minor injuries in the altercation and did not require medical treatment, according to Chief Deputy Richard Bishop of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
Arrested in the incident was Arthur Smith Sr. on charges of assault and theft, according to police. Smith was booked into the Hancock County Jail around 3:15 p.m. on unsecured bail and since has been released on bail, according to a corrections officer at the jail.
Attempts on Wednesday afternoon to contact the arresting officer in the case, Maine State Police Trooper David Barnard, were unsuccessful.
According to Bishop, the incident occurred around noon Wednesday after Bagley, who was off duty, left a lawn mower trailer by the side of Route 1. While towing the trailer, Bagley had noticed that part of the undercarriage of his truck had come loose and was hanging down. He decided, for safety reasons, to leave the trailer where it was, take the truck to a nearby repair shop and then return for the trailer with another vehicle.
When Bagley returned, he saw Smith and another man allegedly removing a ladder from the trailer and putting it in the back of their truck, according to Bishop. Bagley approached the men and told them to stop, at which point he allegedly was assaulted by Smith.
Bagley called the sheriff’s office with his cell phone to report the assault. Smith was still at the scene when police arrived a few minutes later, Bishop said.
Additional information about the incident was unavailable Wednesday evening.