BANGOR, Maine — Police investigating a disturbance on First Street involving a knife early Sunday morning caught up with a man out on bail who denied who he was in an attempt to avoid being arrested for violating his bail conditions by drinking alcohol, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Nicholas James, 22, a local transient and three others were stopped on Cedar Street around 1:30 a.m. by Officer Kim Donnell.
James was identified by Donnell, but he “claimed it wasn’t him” and “that is when he began to run,” Edwards said.
He was quickly caught and charged with refusing to submit to arrest and for violating his bail conditions that bar him from breaking the law.
“They could smell alcohol” on his breath, Edwards said of Donnell and Officer Gary Decker, who arrived to assist.
The original complaint about the knife fight was deemed unsubstantiated, but those with James did report that the group was accosted by someone on First Street but there were no injuries and no knife was found, the sergeant said.
James was taken to Penobscot County Jail.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the age of Nicholas James. He is 22. The story also incorrectly said he was arrested for underage drinking. He was arrested for violating his bail conditions by drinking alcohol.