Bradley man with criminal history arrested after family fight

Posted Jan. 06, 2012, at 5:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 06, 2012, at 6:15 p.m.

BRADLEY, Maine — A local man was arrested last week on several charges after he allegedly assaulted his wife and then drove to a neighbor’s house while intoxicated and with his two children in the car.

Sean McLean, 27, is facing charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal operating under the influence with one prior conviction, and operating after license suspension/revocation with three prior convictions, which is a Class C felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

McLean also was wanted on two active warrants, according to an arrest summary provided by the Penobscot County Jail, where he initially was taken after his Dec. 28 arrest. He since has been transferred to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he remained Friday evening unable to make bail set at $7,500 cash, a jail official confirmed.

The series of events that led to McLean’s arrest began when his wife reportedly refused to drive him to Brewer to visit a friend, Deputy Bob Pelletier of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

Pelletier said McLean, who he said was intoxicated at the time, then allegedly tried to force her to do his bidding by grabbing her face, threatening to choke her and dragging her toward the car. The wife fled to a neighbor’s residence and called police.

Afterward, McLean put the couple’s two children into the car and sat in it for some time before driving to the neighbor’s home, Pelletier said.

There, he banged and kicked on the door in an attempt to get inside so he could take from her the cellphone his wife was using to speak with dispatchers, Pelletier said. He said that McLean was not successful and that the neighbor took the children and brought them inside.

McLean then left at what witnesses said was a high rate of speed, Pelletier said.

When Pelletier found McLean, he administered a field sobriety test, which McLean failed.

Pelletier said that once McLean is released on bail, he will be prohibited from returning to his former home and from contact with his wife, children and neighbors.

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