June 23, 2018
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Man on lam after falling asleep in car, injuring policeman

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — When Rockland Police Officer William Smith got a call on Friday that a man was passed out in his car in front of Rockland Food Service, he headed over to check it out.

Smith found a man later identified as Richard Dumas, 30, of Augusta asleep with a hypodermic needle in his lap, Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower said Tuesday. When Smith woke the man up, Dumas began to drive off, Tower said. Smith tried to stop him by putting his hand in the car to take the keys out of the ignition. In the end, however, Dumas got away, injuring Smith’s arms in the process, Tower said.

Smith is back to work now and has recovered from his minor injuries, Tower said, but the man is still on the run.

Rockland Police recently filed two warrants for the arrest of Dumas, who is wanted on charges of assault on an officer and reckless conduct.

Further details were not available Tuesday because the police affidavit has been sealed by Knox County Superior Court until Dumas’ arrest.

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