POLICE BEAT

Drunk Mississippi man hits bar employee with tire iron, police say

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, at 12:15 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 20, 2012, at 6:15 p.m.
Randy Barner
Bangor Police Department
Randy Barner

BANGOR, Maine — An intoxicated Mississippi man who was upset Sunday morning when he could not enter the closed bar at the Family Fun Bowling Center grabbed a tire iron from an employee’s truck and took a swing at him, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Randy Barner, 30, of Raleigh, Miss., wanted to get back into the bar around 2 a.m. and approached an employee of the Hildreth Street bowling alley as he was walking to his truck to leave for the night, the sergeant said.

When the 58-year-old old employee said no, Barner allegedly grabbed the tire iron and assaulted him.

“It grazed his lip a little bit,” causing it to bleed, Edwards said. “He’s lucky it didn’t hit straight-on.”

A taxicab driver who witnessed the assault made the 911 call.

Barner, who did not cooperate with police, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $20,000 if convicted.

“He was just belligerent, intoxicated, not being cooperative,” the sergeant said. “He had to be dragged over to the cruiser. He wouldn’t stand up and wouldn’t get into the cruiser.”

Barner also was charged with burglary to a motor vehicle because he took the tire iron out of the employee’s truck, Edwards said. Once Barner got to the Penobscot County Jail, a small plastic bag of white powder was found in his pocket that tested positive for cocaine, the sergeant said. Illegal possession of a scheduled drug was added to the charges.

Barner remained in jail Monday morning. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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