ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Jonesport man is facing a felony criminal charge after he allegedly slashed a tire on an Ellsworth Police Department cruiser with a knife around midnight Saturday morning, according to police.
The incident happened after police were called to Chummies bar a few minutes before midnight on Friday to deal with unruly patrons, Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department said Monday.
Staffers at the bar had asked Roy Fagonde, 40, to leave because they thought he was too intoxicated to serve but Fagonde allegedly refused to do so, Page said.
Police escorted Fagonde out of the bar and, after officers went back inside to deal with someone else, Fagonde allegedly produced a pocket knife and used it to slash and deflate a tire on Officer Andrew Weatherbee’s cruiser, police indicated in an incident summary.
Bar staff witnessed the alleged slashing and told Weatherbee, who then went to apprehend Fagonde. Fagonde allegedly ran a short distance away but stopped when ordered to do so by Weatherbee, Page said.
Before stopping, Fagonde allegedly threw the knife into a snowbank, according to police. The knife was recovered after the department’s canine, Chase, tracked it down in the snow, police indicated.
Fagonde has been charged with one count of Class C aggravated criminal mischief, according to police, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Page said Fagonde has since been bailed out of Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.
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