BANGOR, Maine — A 20-year-old Bangor man was arrested Wednesday evening on several charges after he reportedly made a rude gesture to a city police sergeant and then struck a curb and sideswiped a van while trying to get away.
The series of incidents that led to the arrest of Gregg Marshall began about 6:30 p.m. near the Subway sandwich shop at the corner of Essex and State streets, Bangor police Sgt. Garry Higgins said Wednesday night.
“What happened was, I was driving by the Subway and I saw someone who appeared to be flipping me off,” Higgins said. Then, as Higgins watched, a man driving a black Subaru later identified as Marshall quickly pulled out onto Essex Street and almost immediately struck a curb, hitting it hard enough to drive his front passenger wheel into the wheel well, Higgins said.
Higgins said he attempted to get Marshall to pull over, but Marshall kept on going, sideswiping a van as he did so. “He finally stopped because the wheel wouldn’t let him go any farther,” Higgins said.
While the van wound up with scratches and dents, Marshall’s Subaru “suffered a lot of damage,” Higgins said. A wrecker service needed to be called in to remove it from the roadway.
Marshall was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and possession of a spring-assisted knife, Higgins said.
As for the middle finger?
“He said he wasn’t doing it to me,” Higgins said. “He was just mad at the world,” Higgins said, adding that Marshall told him he had an argument with his girlfriend earlier.
Marshall remained behind bars at Penobscot County Jail late Wednesday night, Higgins said.