ROCKLAND, Maine — Police and construction workers subdued a man high on drugs who was trying to escape arrest, according to police on Tuesday.
Rockland police officer William Smith heard a man wanted on warrants was in a Main Street shop around 3 p.m. Monday. When he went to arrest David Carver, 36, of Rockland, “a scuffle ensued,” according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower. Smith tried to use a Taser to subdue Carver, but it failed to shock the man because an electric probe didn’t stick into Carver.
As they continued to fight, Smith used the Taser again, this time in dry stun mode, which is when a police officer can hold it directly to the person’s skin and stun him. But “that had little to no effect,” Tower said.
Carver was able to get away and began running down Main Street. A BB gun fell out of his pants as he was running, according to Tower. When Carver turned onto Limerock Street, two construction workers saw what was happening and helped another policeman, Sgt. Ken Smith, take Carver to the ground.
Carver was arrested and brought to Pen Bay Medical Center for drug-related problems and for minor injuries. He remains at the Rockport hospital under police supervision, Tower said Tuesday morning. Officer William Smith also was brought to the hospital for minor injuries.
Several charges are pending against Carver, according to Tower.
Tower couldn’t immediately say which drug Carver was using at the time of his arrest, but said the Police Department suspects he was high on bath salts.