BROWNVILLE, Maine — Two local men were arrested Tuesday after they allegedly began fighting and then became combative with police.
Brownville police charged Travis Hanson, 24, with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and refusing to submit to arrest. Also charged was Jacob Valvo, 22, with two counts of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, violation of bail conditions, violation of a protective order and refusing to submit to arrest.
In addition, Valvo was charged with criminal threatening by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.
Brownville Police Chief Nicholas Clukey said he responded to a 5:30 p.m. call reporting a fight at the corner of Front and Railroad avenues. Clukey recognized the men, who he said were intoxicated. While he tried to talk to Hanson, the man punched and dented the hood of the police cruiser twice, Clukey said. Then Hanson allegedly became combative toward Clukey, who sprayed him with pepper spray and called for backup. During that time, Valvo also punched the hood and kicked the bumper of the cruiser and then left the scene on foot, according to Clukey.
Hanson allegedly continued his combative behavior while Clukey and a local resident attempted to subdue him. Neither Clukey nor the resident was injured, the chief said.
State Trooper Jared Stedman, who responded to the call, found Valvo a few minutes later at a Henderson Avenue home. There Valvo was involved in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend’s brother and punched a vehicle that was in the driveway, Clukey said. The ex-girlfriend, who came outside the house when she heard Valvo and her brother fighting, has a protection from abuse order against Valvo.
When Stedman attempted to talk to Valvo, Valvo fled the scene, Clukey said. Stedman, who was aided by Sgt. Terry Smith of the Milo Police Department and Officer Chad Perkins of the Brownville Police Department, ran and caught Valvo, the chief said. Valvo was combative toward the three men, according to Clukey.
Both suspects were taken to the Piscataquis County Jail. While Valvo was being transported, he allegedly made specific threats to investigator Allen Emerson of the sheriff’s department.
The men are expected to make their initial court appearances on June 15 in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.
Damage to the cruiser was estimated at $400.