BELFAST, Maine — Police said a man from the central Maine town of China was behind bars Wednesday after allegedly ramming his former girlfriend’s vehicle while she was in it and spitting repeatedly on officers who came to arrest him.
David Morin, 32, is facing a dozen criminal charges after his alleged Tuesday night spree that began in Belfast and continued to Swanville, according to police officials from two local agencies.
Police say that Morin had been following his ex-girlfriend around Belfast and caught up with her while she was stopped at the intersection of Church and Market streets.
“He clearly, intentionally struck her vehicle more than once with his car,” Belfast Police Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said, adding that she was not injured, though her car was. “There was considerable damage. It was not an accident.”
Morin allegedly took off, Cunningham said, and the woman went home to Swanville, where she called police to report the incident. She also told officers that he had assaulted her before he hit her vehicle, though no further details were available.
Deputies from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office went to the woman’s home to investigate the matter, and an officer spotted Morin on Route 141. Officers tried to stop him, but he did not want to be found, according to police reports.
Sgt. Jim Greeley found Morin parked on a driveway on Hillside Lane in Swanville. He put Morin in handcuffs, and realized that he allegedly was intoxicated. Police put Morin in the back of a cruiser to take him to Waldo County Jail in Belfast. Morin allegedly spit on the deputy who was driving the cruiser.
“He said he had chewing tobacco in his mouth, and he had to spit it somewhere,” said Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. “At one point the deputy pulled over so he could spit out the tobacco, and he still spit on the deputy, twice.”
Once they made it to jail, Morin allegedly assaulted a corrections officer and was buckled into a restraint chair.
“Once in the chair, he kept spitting on people,” Trafton said.
In all, Morin was charged with operating under the influence, aggravated reckless conduct, domestic violence assault with prior conviction, driving to endanger, three counts of assault on a corrections officer, three counts of assault, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and failure to stop for a police officer.
A judge set Morin’s bail at $25,000 cash or $50,000 surety. He was transferred to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he remained Wednesday afternoon, according to a jail official.
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