BREWER, Maine — When Brewer police Officer Kristie Bouchard approached an intoxicated Brewer man at his home Wednesday, he instantly became aggressive and was arrested after threatening her, Lt. Chris Martin said Friday.
“Right from the initial encounter … he threatened her,” the lieutenant said.
Bouchard went to Jeffrey Crawford’s residence on North Main Street at about 1:35 p.m. Wednesday to issue him a harassment warning on behalf of Maine State Police.
Crawford advanced on the officer “and she had to push him away,” Martin said.
Crawford then threatened “to shoot Officer Bouchard and her police vehicle,” the lieutenant added. “Crawford stated that he would take Officer Bouchard’s gun and shoot her and also threatened to go into his residence to obtain his gun to shoot her.”
Crawford, 53, who was very intoxicated, Martin said, was taken down and then placed into custody by Bouchard, Cpl. Steve Boyd and Officer Rodney Gerald. He was arrested and charged with criminal threatening, then taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for minor cuts from the scuffle with police. Crawford was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
“This is not the first time we’ve had encounters with him,” Martin said. “This has happened before.”