June 19, 2018
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Belgrade man on eve of 21st birthday accused of assaulting police officer

Matthew Stuart
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — Police were called into downtown late Thursday night after a highly intoxicated man reportedly punched a taxicab, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Monday.

The same man later was charged with felony assault on a police officer in Bangor, according to Sgt. Paul Edwards, spokesman for the Bangor Police Department.

Matthew Stuart of Belgrade, who was 20 at the time of the incidents, was so intoxicated that “when the officer pulled up, he tried to get in like it was a taxi,” Ewing said. “He was very, very drunk.”

Police charged Stuart with possession of alcohol by a minor around 11 p.m. Thursday and were so concerned about his health they put him into an ambulance and sent him to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, the police captain said.

Bangor police Officer Richard Polk was working at the hospital and noticed Stuart being disruptive during the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 30, Edwards said.

“He was wandering in and out of his room yelling obscenities and being disorderly,” the sergeant said.

After Polk told him to return to his hospital room, Stuart complied for a while but a short time later he started back up again, Edwards said.

After being told repeatedly to calm down, “he continued to yell and threatened the officer,” the sergeant said, adding that Stuart also got into a fighting stance.

At one point, “he did strike at the officer,” Edwards said of Stuart.

Polk, who was hit in the chest by Stuart, was not injured. He charged Stuart with felony assault on a police officer, as well as disorderly conduct, and took him to the Penobscot County Jail. He later was released, a jail official said.

Stuart turned 21 on Saturday. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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