INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine — A 54-year-old Indian Township man was arrested on an assault charge Friday after he reportedly assaulted a female relative trying to help him and a second person who tried to intervene.
After his arrest, Stephen Sabattus Jr., 54, was taken to Washington County Jail, where he remained Friday evening, Trooper Chad Lindsey of the Maine State Police said.
The series of events that led to Friday’s arrest began about 3:30 p.m., when a female relative of Sabattus’ found him sleeping in a ditch and stopped by to help get him home, Lindsey said. Sabattus, he said, was “very, very intoxicated” at the time.
Once Sabattus was inside of the woman’s vehicle, however, he allegedly became angry, assaulted her and tried to wrench the steering wheel away from her, the trooper said.
The woman ended up pulling into the parking lot of the Princeton Foodmart, where several people attempted to intervene, Lindsey said. He said that Sabattus reportedly assaulted a Foodmart employee as well.
As a way to get Sabattus off the premises, the Foodmart’s owner offered to drive him home to Indian Township in his pickup, Lindsey said.
Erroneous reports that Sabattus had forced the store owner to drive him at gunpoint, however, triggered a search that involved not only the Maine State Police but also the Maine Warden Service, the Baileyville Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol and the Indian Township Police Department.
When Sabattus arrived at his home about half an hour after the incident began, Indian Township police placed him under arrest, Lindsey said.
Sabattus’ criminal history includes convictions for aggravated assault in 2004 and in 2011, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.