FARMINGTON, Maine — A local man was arrested after police say he punched an officer who tried to get him to stop dancing in the middle of Main Street on Sunday night.
Simon Blodgett, 33, of Farmington faces two charges after his confrontation with Officer Courtney Krause, Police Chief Jack Beck said Tuesday.
“She tried to talk him into getting out of the street, and he refused,” Peck said.
Police had received a complaint that a man was dancing in the middle of Main Street near Rite-Aid, Peck said. When Krause responded, she found Blodgett dancing in the street and showing signs of being intoxicated.
After Blodgett refused to leave the street, Krause tried to escort him to the sidewalk, and “he ended up punching her in the face,” Peck said.
The officer and the suspect both fell to the ground and scuffled briefly before backup arrived and Blodgett was subdued.
Blodgett was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital with a bloody nose and cuts on his chin, then released to police.
He is facing charges of assault on a police officer and failure to submit to arrest. Krause suffered a black eye and blurred vision from the punch, Peck said.
Blodgett is due in court Feb. 23. Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and officers from the University of Maine at Farmington assisted in the arrest.