Machias woman who slammed door against police chief found guilty of assault

Posted July 17, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
Last modified July 17, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
Ashley Handzlik
Courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office
Ashley Handzlik

MACHIAS, Maine — A local woman who slammed a door against Machias police Chief Grady Dwelley was found guilty of two charges and sentenced to five days in jail Thursday.

Superior Court Judge Dan Billings found Ashley Handzlik, 24, guilty of assault and refusing to submit to arrest in a trial that wrapped up around noon.

Billings sentenced Handzlik to five days in jail on each charge, to be served concurrently, and fined her $300 in the assault case.

Handzlik and her attorney, Jade Murdick, argued she should be allowed to report to the county jail next week to serve her sentence, noting she was a college student on the dean’s list. However, Billings imposed the jail time immediately.

Dwelley and Sgt. Wade Walker responded to a report of a domestic assault at Handzlik’s home at the Sunrise Village apartment complex around 11 a.m. on Jan. 9, according to assistant district attorney Chris Chu, who prosecuted the case.

The officers were inside the apartment briefly to investigate, but they determined there was no need to place charges, according to Chu. When they stepped outside, Handzlik slammed the door in Dwelley’s face, slightly injuring his head and hand.

Walker told her she was under arrest, but she resisted and struggled, even after being placed in handcuffs, Chu said.

The incident was recorded on a video camera inside a police cruiser.

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