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Canaan man arrested after driving on wrong side of road with girlfriend in car

Somerset County Jail | BDN
Somerset County Jail | BDN
Joshua John Hartley
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

PITTSFIELD, Maine — A Canaan man was arrested on domestic violence charges early Tuesday morning in Skowhegan after driving on the wrong side of the road with his girlfriend in the car, police said.

Joshua John Hartley, 27, was charged with domestic violence reckless conduct, domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence assault, said Pittsfield police Sgt. Timothy Roussin.

Hartley grabbed his girlfriend by the arm, took her car keys and drove 80 mph into oncoming traffic on U.S. Route 2 near the Pittsfield-Palmyra town lines sometime on Monday, according to Roussin.

The girlfriend, who wasn’t identified, later told a family member about the incident. The family member then called police, said Roussin. Hartley was arrested at a Cumberland Farms store in Skowhegan at 3:07 a.m. Tuesday and taken to the Somerset County Jail in Madison.

“There were visible injuries to her, mostly bruises,” said Roussin.

Roussin said that after the reckless driving incident, Hartley dropped the woman off at her workplace in Newport and continued to drive her car with her permission.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department and Skowhegan and Pittsfield police assisted in the arrest.

Hartley remained in the Somerset County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

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