FARMINGTON, Maine — A local man pleaded guilty Wednesday to punching a police officer in the face in January in front of Rite Aid in the middle of routes 4 and 27.
Simon Blodgett, 33, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of assault on an officer and misdemeanor charges of refusing to submit to arrest and obstructing public ways.
If the case had gone to trial, Farmington police Officer Courtney Krause would have testified that she responded to a report of a drunken man dancing in the road and stopping vehicles in Farmington at about about 9 p.m. on Jan. 8, Assistant District Attorney James Andrews said.
When she arrived Blodgett had a vehicle stopped. She tried to move Blodgett to the side of the road and he swung and struck her in the face with a closed fist. Krause took Blodgett to the ground and stayed on top of him holding him down trying to arrest him but he resisted arrest, Andrews said.
Sgt. Michael Adcock would testify that when he arrived he saw Krause on top of Blodgett and went to assist and Blodgett was arrested.
Krause was in pain and her cheek was swollen and discolored. She went to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and was treated and released, Andrews said.
Justice Michaela Murphy accepted an agreement of a one-year deferred disposition on the assault of an officer charge that includes alcohol-related conditions. Blodgett also was ordered to pay $1,039 in restitution to Maine Municipal Association for Krause’s medical care and for uniform damage.
Andrews said that Blodgett had written an apology letter to Krause right after the incident. Krause was consulted and agreed with the disposition, he said.
On the two misdemeanor convictions, Blodgett will be sentenced in March 2013 to serve 120 days in jail as part of the agreement, Andrews said.
Defense attorney, Kevin Joyce added that it was the worst night of Blodgett’s life. He has not consumed alcohol since the incident, he said.
There have been three bail checks at his residence and there was no alcohol found, Joyce said.