Man found in handcuffs freed by police, then handcuffed again on disorderly conduct charge

Posted Jan. 11, 2012, at 7:59 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — An Orono man who was found lying on the ground — in handcuffs — was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after swearing and yelling at police.

Christopher Hyson, 28, was taken to Penobscot County Jail on a disorderly conduct charge, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Wednesday. Moffitt said Hyson since has been released on bail.

Moffitt said that Hyson’s arrest happened shortly after Cpl. Levi Sewall, Officer Elizabeth Kelley and Officer Peter Rancourt were called to North Main Street, near Jimmie’s Ice Cream & Grill, to check on a report of a man lying in the street.

When they arrived, they found Hyson injured and lying on the ground in handcuffs, Moffitt, said citing an arrest report.

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The report indicated that Hyson, who was freed from the handcuffs by police officers, refused to provide information about who assaulted him and why and that he appeared to be intoxicated at the time, Moffitt said. Hyson was not interested in pursuing charges, he said.

Though Hyson and a woman who was with him — who also claimed to have been assaulted — both swore and yelled at police, they were allowed to go on their way, Moffitt said.

Hyson’s disorderly conduct arrest occurred shortly afterward, when Hyson returned to where the police officers were and wanted to know if he could ask a question, Moffitt said. Instead of asking one, however, he reportedly swore at them again, an action that led to his being back in handcuffs.

The name of the woman who was with Hyson was not released because she was not charged in connection with the incident, Moffitt said.

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