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Bangor man arrested after calling 911 for ride

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
James Finlayson
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man was arrested early Tuesday for repeatedly calling 911 to get a ride, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

“He kept calling 911 demanding a ride home,” saying “he couldn’t find his [expletive] way home,” the sergeant said.

James Finlayson, 34, was found by police at around 1:10 a.m. walking near Jefferson Street and Center Street, which is the street he lives on. Officer Richard Polk checked Finlayson’s cellphone and determined that he was the one making the emergency calls.

“He was belligerent and nasty to the officers,” Edwards said.

Polk told Finlayson to get out of the roadway and warned him to stop yelling profanities, but he continued and raised a middle finger at him and other responding officers just before he was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing a public way, the sergeant said.

Finlayson was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Finlayson was an eyewitness to the shooting of John “Bobby” Surles, 19, on Jan. 27, 2010, and testified at the March 2011 trial of Zachary Carr, 20, who was convicted of murder. Surles was shot on Cumberland Street and died at the hospital the following day. Carr will be sentenced in December.

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