May 26, 2018
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Fairfield man with outstanding warrants allegedly lies to police, tries to run during Waterville traffic stop

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Fairfield man led police on a brief foot pursuit and struggled with officers when they tried to arrest him on domestic violence warrants, according to police.

Waterville police stopped Kenneth Austin, 29, during a “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign on Tuesday evening, Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Austin lied to police about his identity after he was pulled over, according to Rumsey, and fled the scene on foot when confronted.

Austin was eventually tackled by police but he continued to resist arrest even after he was pepper sprayed, Rumsey said. Austin was finally subdued when another officer deployed his Taser.

Austin had outstanding warrants from a domestic violence case handled by Waterville police six weeks ago. He also was charged with operating a motor vehicle after suspension, failing to give an officer his name and failure to submit to arrest, Rumsey said. He was later released on $750 unsecured bail.

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