BREWER, Maine — Three people from Levant wound up behind bars late last week after reportedly causing a commotion at a Brewer bar.
Arrested were Todd Burnell, 37, his 32-year-old wife, Leann Burnell, and their friend Toni Nevarez, 29, Brewer police Sgt. Dave Lord said Wednesday.
Todd Burnell was charged with assaulting a police officer — a Class C felony that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 — as well as refusing to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct, Lord said.
Leann Burnell was charged with disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest and Nevarez was charged with criminal trespass, Lord said. All three are out on bail and are scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on June 6, he said.
According to Lord, the series of incidents that led to the charges began last Thursday night when the three, who had been drinking elsewhere earlier in the evening and arrived at a Brewer bar in a taxicab, called Brewer police to complain that they were not being allowed to go into the bar. They also said that one of them, Leann Burnell, was assaulted while trying to get in.
Lord said that police later learned that the reason people in the bar did not want to let the group come in was that Nevarez’s former boyfriend was inside. He also said that the bar staff likely made the right call in not letting the three inside because it appeared to police that they were determined to cause a scene.
When police officers arrived and told the Burnells and Nevarez that they would have to take statements from both sides of the dispute before deciding if charges should be filed, “all three became extremely belligerent,” Lord said.
Leann Burnell was the first to be arrested, Lord said.
“We told her a few times to quiet down and she continued [to be loud],” he said, so police placed her under arrest and in the back of a patrol car. She struggled with them while that was happening, he said.
Next up was Todd Burnell, Lord said. When Todd Burnell saw that his wife was being arrested, he began shouting at Brewer police Cpl. Nelson Feero, Lord said.
“He got right up into [Feero’s] face and was waving his hands [in Feero’s face],” Lord said. “We thought he was going to hit him.” Police placed him under arrest.
When Leann Burnell saw what was happening with her husband, she began kicking in the back of the police car. Police then put her into leg restraints, Lord said.
At about that point, Lord said, Todd Burnell kicked Brewer police officer Mike Wilson in the chest. Wilson was not injured, he said.
While police were dealing the Burnells, Naverez tried to get into the bar but was refused entry, Lord said. That led to her arrest for criminal trespass.