June 22, 2018
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Woman flags down officers, leads to arrest of Brewer man in connection with domestic violence assault

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Two Brewer police officers were in the right place at the right time early Friday, as they were able to arrest a man for domestic violence assault, police said.

Cpl. Nelson Feero and Officer Kristie Bouchard were conducting a traffic stop on State Street just before 1 a.m. Friday and noticed a woman running down the road toward the officers, according to Cpl. Steve Boyd.

The woman reported to the officers that her live-in boyfriend, Justin Burgess, 29, had attacked her at their State Street apartment.

The victim subsequently led the officers to the scene, and after an investigation, Burgess was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault, a Class D crime, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of bail conditions.

When police searched the apartment, a marijuana pipe and bottle of Jose Cuervo were found, Boyd said, noting Burgess’ bail conditions from a previous drug charge prohibited him from possessing alcohol or drugs.

Burgess was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained Friday afternoon, according to a jail official. The woman was not injured, and Burgess faces up to a year in prison if convicted of the domestic violence assault charge.

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