Bowdoinham man treated for mental health issues, faces charges after alleged fight with police

Posted Sept. 19, 2013, at 10:51 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 19, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A 42-year-old man who police say fought with officers from several towns before being subdued was arrested Wednesday and hospitalized for evaluation of his mental health.

A deputy from the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office first went to Bowdoinham just after 5 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a man repeatedly walking up and down the stairs and in and out of his Main Street apartment, according to Chief Deputy Brett Strout.

Just before 10:30 a.m., Cpl. Ian Alexander went to the Town Landing restaurant and general store on Main Street in Bowdoinham, where the man, Stuart Bull of Bowdoinham, was reportedly trespassing despite a police order not to be on the premises, Strout said.

Alexander allegedly found Bull near the store and attempted to speak with him, but Bull ran off and “a fight ensued,” Strout said.

Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster, Maine State Trooper Robert Cjeka and Topsham Police Officer Bob Ramsay responded to assist Alexander.

“A retired police officer who saw this wrestling match jumped in the fray to help out as well,” Strout said.

During the fight, which lasted several minutes, Alexander used a Taser in an attempt to subdue Bull, but Strout said, “It seemed not to have much of an effect on him.”

Once in custody, Bull was taken by a rescue crew to Mid Coast Hospital for evaluation of his mental health, according to Strout. He remained at the hospital on Thursday, Strout said.

Alexander drove himself to Mid Coast Hospital for treatment of an arm injury suffered in the fight, Strout said, and Cjeka drove to Parkview Adventist Medical Center for treatment of a leg injury. Strout said he did not think either suffered a serious injury.

Bull was charged with violation of conditions of release, failure to submit to arrest and criminal trespass.

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