June 22, 2018
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Rockland officer out of work after woman scratches his eyes, police say

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland officer suffered an eye injury when he was attacked Monday morning by a woman, police say.

Officer Lloyd Daniels responded shortly before 9:30 a.m. to a request to check on the well-being of a woman on Fulton Street. When Daniels arrived, the woman, Ellen Copeland, 46, of Rockland, ran from her residence and went to a neighbor’s house where she attempted to gain entry by smashing out a window, according to Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower.

When the officer attempted to stop her she scratched and bruised his eyes, Tower said. Daniels called for backup, and officers arrived and took Copeland to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for evaluation.

Daniels suffered an injury to his left eye and will be out of work for at least a week, Tower said.

On her release from the hospital, Copeland will be charged with assault on an officer and criminal mischief, Tower said.

He said drugs are suspected of contributing to the incident.

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