Waterboro man accused of assaulting sheriff’s deputy

Posted Dec. 03, 2012, at 4:14 p.m.

WATERBORO, Maine — An intoxicated Waterboro man who was looking to turn himself in for underage drinking is facing additional charges after assaulting a sheriff’s deputy, police said.

Deputies had been dispatched to a Waterboro home after the anonymous caller stated they wanted Christopher Bennett, 20, off the property, according to a release from the York County Sheriff’s Office.

When police arrived, Bennett approached a sheriff’s deputy, stated he was underage, intoxicated and wanted to turn himself in, the release stated.

The deputy had planned to issue Bennett a summons for underage consumption and asked him to accompany him to his cruiser, which was parked nearby, according to the release.

Bennett refused, however, and started yelling at the deputy and took a swing at him and missed. The suspect’s cigarette did strike the officer, causing a minor burn, and a struggle ensued when the deputy attempted to take Bennett into custody.

Despite the fact that Bennett slammed the officer into a bench, causing minor injury to the officer that didn’t require medical attention, the deputy was able to get Bennett into custody.

Bennett is facing charges of assault on a police officer, illegal possession of liquor by a minor and he may face a refusing to submit to arrest charge as well, the release said. He is being held at the York County Jail on $1,000 bail.

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