BELFAST, Maine — Police believe that the drug bath salts may have played a role in an incident Wednesday night that sent a local man to jail on charges of disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.
Nicolas Goguen, 26, of Belfast was spotted on the U.S. Route 1 bridge over the Passagassawakeag River at about 9:30 p.m. by Officer Roy Smith, who was driving by on routine patrol. The officer saw Goguen leaning against a light pole of the bridge, then staggering into the roadway, according to Chief Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department.
Smith stopped his patrol car and got out of it, noticing that Goguen had put up his fists in a position that indicated he was ready to fight.
“Then the guy immediately dropped to his knees and put his hands behind his back,” McFadden said.
At first, Goguen was “surprisingly cooperative” with the officer. Then he started to act aggressively with Smith, according to the chief.
Smith and Officer Brad Hansen, whom he had called for backup, together restrained Goguen. Once he was taken into custody and brought to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked, officials learned that Goguen had been using prescription medications intravenously, McFadden said.
“There were also indications that led officers to believe this may be a bath salts incident,” the chief said.
Goguen has since been released on bail from jail. The incident remains under investigation, with more charges that may be pending, McFadden said.