POLICE BEAT

Police converge on Milford after trailer park brawl

Posted May 08, 2012, at 7:53 p.m.

MILFORD, Maine — Nearly a dozen law enforcement officers were called to Milford on Monday night after receiving a report of a fight involving several people.

The brawl at Pheasant Hill Trailer Park, located near the intersection of Main Street and Call Road, was reported about 8:45 p.m. and involved at least six men and women, Penobscot County sheriff’s Deputy Steve Saucier said Tuesday.

It also was the subject of at least nine 911 calls, he said.

Four officers from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, three Old Town officers and one Maine State Police trooper were sent to the area as part of the initial response, Saucier said. He said three more state troopers joined in the search for suspects later that night.

“It was a long night,” Saucier said late Tuesday afternoon.

Law enforcement officials were still trying to get to the bottom of the brawl Tuesday afternoon, Saucier said.

So far, police have determined that the fight began between two men but that two women got into the fray. At least two others got involved while trying to break the fight up, he said.

Saucier said that so far the people involved in the fracas have not been cooperative with police. He said the participants ranged in age from their mid-20s to their 40s and that alcohol was involved.

“They all dispersed,” Saucier said of the participants.

A woman who was injured during the fight was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor for treatment of injuries, Saucier said. The woman, however, left the hospital against medical advice and before police were able to interview her, he said.

The woman and a man who was with her had been found lying at the end of Call Road, according to Saucier.

“Why they were laying in the road I have no idea,” he said.

Saucier said that the fracas remains under investigation and that police are looking for one person, a man whose name was not released. The man likely will be charged with assaulting a woman, he said.

In an incident that turned out not to be connected to the trailer park fracas, police also dealt with a man who bolted from them and jumped into the Penobscot River.

That incident happened about an hour after the fight when Old Town police Officer Mike Holmes spotted a man who was acting suspiciously in the parking lot at the Milford Mobil on the Run, a short distance from the trailer park.

After Holmes reported the suspicious activity, Saucier went over to the busy gasoline station and convenience store to see if the man was among those believed to be involved in the fight.

Saucier said he found the suspect inside the store and asked him to step outside for a discussion. Shortly afterward, the man — later identified as Shawn Audibert, 41, of Old Town — fled.

“I chased him on foot,” Saucier said. “We went into the woods probably 100 yards and then he went down an embankment.”

Audibert then jumped in, said Saucier, who ran alongside Audibert as he floated down the river. He said that Audibert quickly decided to return to the shore.

“He decided it would be easier to deal with us than the river,” Saucier said.

Saucier said that Audibert, who initially provided a false name, was out on bail for a theft arrest and as such was subject to a search by police.

Audibert’s criminal history includes convictions for theft, driving with a suspended license, escape and failure to appear in court, according to court listings in the Bangor Daily News archives.

“He stated that he ran because he was scared,” Saucier said. A search of Audibert’s person turned up no contraband. The leather jacket Audibert originally had on, however, has yet to be found.

“We searched for his jacket and we could not find it,” Saucier said, adding that the heavy garment likely sank to the river bottom.

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