Road rage leads to hatchet threatening, Bangor police say

Posted Oct. 31, 2011, at 5:29 p.m.
Arthur Moran
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Arthur Moran

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor resident who pulled a hatchet on another man during a road rage incident on State Street last week was pulled over by police who had their guns drawn, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Officer Tylor Bagley and Sgt. Garry Higgins were heading to the scene of the incident on State Street about 4:50 p.m. Thursday when they noticed the vehicle they were looking for pulling into the parking lot at the Family Dollar store, the sergeant said.

The two police officers pulled in behind the truck, driven by Arthur Moran, 54, and “they had their guns drawn [because] they were not sure if he was armed,” Edwards said.

Moran, who had a hatchet in his truck, was arrested on a charge of felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. The hatchet was taken as evidence.

The 60-year-old male victim from Brewer told police he was picking up food from a State Street restaurant when Moran became upset with him, screeching his tires and pulling up to the restaurant behind him.

Moran jumped out of his truck and then reached in and grabbed a hatchet, which he used to threaten the victim, who ran inside the restaurant, Edwards said. After paying for his food, the victim next encountered Moran when he left the restaurant because Moran was outside revving his truck’s engine and screeching his tires again, the police sergeant said.

Moran was arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. He later was released.

The next day, Bagley arrested Moran again after the suspect returned to the scene of the road rage and hatchet threatening and threatened witnesses of the incident the day before, Edwards said.

“He made some sort of threat of violence” against the witnesses, who work at the restaurant, the sergeant said.

Bagley charged Moran on Friday with felony tampering with a witness as well as terrorizing and violating his bail conditions. He was taken to jail again and remained there Monday, Edwards said.

Moran faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted of felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon or felony tampering with a witness.

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