Second police visit sends Brewer houseguest to jail

Posted May 31, 2012, at 9:16 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Rather than take a police officer’s advice to calm down and lay off the alcoholic beverages, a man living with a friend reportedly continued drinking and provoked a repeat visit.

The second time around, Brewer police officers took Paul Fitzgerald with them.

Sgt. Dave Lord, Cpl. Paul Gauvin and Cpl. Levi Sewall answered a complaint coming from 60 Starlight Drive at 4 p.m. Saturday after Fitzgerald, 24, allegedly assaulted his host.

Fitzgerald had been living there with the complainant for about a year.

“The complainant stated Paul Fitzgerald had been drinking. Police responded earlier in the day to calm him down,” said police Capt. Jason Moffitt. “Sometime after our officers left, he began pushing the subject around the house and started getting out of control.”

The homeowner grabbed his cellphone and called police again but Fitzgerald allegedly took his phone and broke it. The host then went to a neighbor’s house, borrowed a phone and called police.

“Fitzgerald was charged with obstruction of the report of a crime or injury and assault,” Moffitt said.