Richmond man arrested after running over neighbor’s ornamental spruce, police say

Posted Jan. 14, 2013, at 3:02 p.m.

RICHMOND, Maine — Police arrested a Richmond man last week on charges of operating under the influence and criminal mischief after he allegedly ran over another resident’s ornamental spruce tree.

At 2:19 p.m. Jan. 7, police arrested 42-year-old Dana R. Shulman in his driveway at 48 Main St., after a Durrah Street resident reported he had run over a decorative 14-foot spruce tree in his front yard, Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster said.

“From what we can tell, it was an ongoing dispute” between Shulman and the complainant, leading Shulman to hit the tree on purpose, prompting the criminal mischief charge.

The impact from Shulman’s sedan pushed the tree over and snapped it, MacMaster said. The incident occurred after Shulman was visiting a neighbor of the owner of the tree.

A male passenger, also from Richmond, was not charged. The car sustained some damage to the undercarriage.

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