POLICE BEAT

Police: Winterport man arrested after threatening deputy he mistook for ex-wife’s boyfriend

Posted Nov. 16, 2011, at 10:50 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 16, 2011, at 11:24 p.m.
Arthur Carlow
Courtesy of Penobscot County Jail
Arthur Carlow

MILFORD, Maine — A Winterport man was arrested Friday afternoon on numerous charges after an incident that began at his ex-wife’s Milford home continued with a drunken drive home and involved, among other things, threatening to use his handgun on a Penobscot County deputy he mistook on the phone for his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Arthur Carlow, 35, was charged with terrorizing, criminal mischief, violating the conditions of his release from a prior arrest, operating under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon — a loaded handgun he reportedly was keeping in his vehicle without the needed permit — by officers from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police.

The series of events that led to Carlow’s arrest began about 2 p.m. Friday afternoon when Deputy Steve Saucier of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department was called to a residence at Leisure Trailer Park in Milford to handle a criminal mischief complaint.

Saucier said Carlow’s former wife said Carlow had come over to her home and behaved badly, spinning out and tearing up the lawn as he drove off. She said he had been drinking and likely was on his way home to Winterport.

Saucier said he attempted to speak with Carlow by phone but that Carlow refused to believe he was speaking to an officer.

“He thought I was his ex-wife’s current boyfriend, even after I clearly identified myself several times,” Saucier said. He said Carlow told the caller he thought was the boyfriend that he knew where he lived, had a handgun and planned to harm him with it.

Saucier requested that state police assigned to Waldo County help locate Carlow. Trooper Corey Smith, who was not available to comment Wednesday evening, caught Carlow at his home about two hours later, Saucier said.

Saucier said Carlow now knows he was speaking to a police officer when he threatened to use his gun.

“I introduced myself in person after he got to jail,” Saucier said.

Carlow, who was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest, since has been released on bail, a Penobscot County Jail official confirmed.

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