BANGOR, Maine — A local transient with a long history of arrests was charged again on Sunday afternoon after a police officer saw him expose himself on Union Street and relieve himself as people drove by, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Caleb M. McLellan, 21, who lists his address as the Hope House, a Bangor shelter for people struggling with drugs and alcohol, was approached by Officer Jim Dearing around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. McLellan told Dearing he had not urinated in public.
Dearing left him but just drove around the block and watched as McLellan exposed himself and urinated on a tree, Edwards said. ”There were several people driving by and [they] could see him do it,” Edwards said.
When Dearing approached McLellan, who has been arrested by Bangor police 14 to 15 times in the last year, according to Edwards, McLellan pulled out an open can of an alcoholic beverage and consumed it in front of the officer.
“He ignored me and finished the drink,” Dearing wrote in his report, Edwards said.
McLellan was taken to Penobscot County Jail on Sunday and remained there on Monday night, a jail official said.
McLellan has 10 convictions in the last year for such crimes as criminal trespassing, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, and violating conditions of release, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
(Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)