BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man rang the new year in the wrong way — in jail — by violating conditions of his bail release and allegedly committing some new offenses along the way.
Bangor police Officer Taylor Bagley was on routine patrol on New Year’s Eve when he observed William R. Doyle walking with a woman down a sidewalk on Hammond Street at 7:15 p.m.
“He [Bagley] knew he had bail conditions including not to possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs, and that he was subject to random searches and testing,” said Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.
Bagley repeatedly yelled for Doyle, 20, of Bangor, to stop, but he and the woman he was walking with ran away. The pair stopped at an apartment on Hammond Street and began banging on the door, shouting for someone to let them in, Edwards explained.
“The door opened and someone let both of them in,” Edwards continued. “Officer Bagley tried kicking the door in, but could not due to ice buildup outside. So he covered the back and requested additional units.”
The apartment resident eventually opened the door, denied Doyle was there, and then gave permission for police to come in and search.
“They discovered Doyle had jumped out the back window as they were trying to kick the door in and got away,” said Edwards. “Officers Shaw and Linkletter brought a K-9 unit and got a search going just before they saw Doyle poke his head out of a basement door.”
The woman Doyle was with — Ashley L. Awalt, 23, of Bangor — was also located and upon checking her identification, police discovered she was wanted on multiple warrants and she was placed under arrest, Edwards said.
Edwards said police arrested Awalt for failure to appear in court. She was released on $500 bail later that evening and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 24.
Evidence was recovered on Doyle’s person that led police to charge him with two Class C felony counts of theft by unauthorized taking, violation of bail and refusal to submit/stop — both Class E crimes.
“Officer [Steve] Pelletier wanted him summoned or arrested for Class C felony theft for a prior theft at Kohl’s on Dec. 17,” Edwards said. “Due to so many prior theft convictions, he was given two Class C felony theft counts.”
Doyle will remain at Penobscot County Jail for violation of bail at least until a scheduled Feb. 2 court appearance.
According to court records published in the Bangor Daily News, Doyle was:
• Indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury last November for four counts of theft. He was given a 75-day jail sentence after being found guilty of theft by unauthorized taking, and another 15-day sentence earlier in the month for theft by deception last May.
• Found guilty on two counts theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and ordered to serve a 75-day jail sentence and pay $1,510.10 in restitution. He was also found guilty of unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs ($400 fine and 30-day sentence), violating condition of release (30 days), and failing to provide correct name, address, and date of birth (30 days) last February.
• Found guilty of violating condition of release (48 hours jail time) and operating a vehicle without license (48 hours) in December 2011.
• Given a four-month jail sentence for assaulting an officer in June 2011.