2 arrested in South Portland apartment after hiding from police, attempting to pepper spray officers

Posted June 01, 2012, at 9:44 a.m.
Carol Ann Vining
South Portland Police Department
Carol Ann Vining
Nicholas Pallas
South Portland Police Department
Nicholas Pallas

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A man and a woman were arrested late Thursday night when they refused to cooperate with officials responding to a report of domestic disturbance, police say.

A witness told police that a man and a woman were fighting inside an Ocean Street apartment building, Lt. Frank Clark said in a news release.

When police knocked on the door, Nicholas Pallas, 32, of South Portland slammed the door in their faces, according to Clark.

Officers tried unsuccessfully to get Pallas and the woman, Carol Vining, 23, also of South Portland, out of the apartment. When Pallas and Vining refused, officers forced their way into the apartment and located the two in a crawl space.

Both suspects continued to resist the officers: Pallas pointed a can of pepper spray at police and unsuccessfully tried to spray them while Vining resisted the officers’ contact. Officers used a Taser on Pallas, who continued to fight with officers as he was taken into custody.

Both suspects were taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Pallas is facing charges of refusing to submit to arrest, violation of conditions of release, assault, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of disabling chemicals. Vining was charged with refusing to submit to detention and violation of conditions of release.

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