BANGOR, Maine — A Passadumkeag man charged with trying to run over his 49-year-old girlfriend with a car remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Tuesday unable to make bail.
Clarence Ketch, 52, was arrested Saturday night and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, leaving the scene of an accident and operating after suspension.
Ketch and his girlfriend were drinking coffee brandy at a friend’s home in Enfield on Saturday night when the two got into a fight about whether to go home, according to the complaint filed Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. As his girlfriend tried to take the keys out of the car while the driver’s side door was open, Ketch allegedly put the car in reverse, then drove home.
The open door knocked Ketch’s girlfriend to the ground and the homeowners called 911, the complaint said. The victim suffered a broken finger and several cuts and bruises on her left side, according to the complaint.
Deputies located Ketch a short time later at his home on the Goulds Ridge Road hiding under a bed, the complaint said. He was arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where he told deputies he did not realize he had struck his girlfriend with the car door.
Ketch made his first court appearance Monday before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray. She set bail at $750 cash or $10,000 surety.
His next court appearance is scheduled on Oct. 12.
If convicted, Ketch faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.