May 22, 2018
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Bangor man arrested after punching officer and running away, police say

By Dylan Martin, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — A local man was arrested late Saturday night after punching a police officer in the face and running away, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Perry J. Newell Jr., 22, of Bangor was fighting another man outside Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street at about 10:40 p.m. during a Bangor Waterfront concert. When Bangor police Officer David Farrar arrived at the scene, a person yelled, “Someone has a gun,” the sergeant said.

Farrar identified Newell as a participant in the fight, and when he approached him, Newell stood with clenched fists, the sergeant said.

“He took a couple swings at the officer, and he missed the first time, but he punched him in the side of the head [the second time.]” Edwards said. “Then he took off running.”

After police found Newell hiding in some grass near the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, he took off again and was caught on First Street, the sergeant said. Newell was arrested on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, violation of bail conditions and refusal to submit to arrest.

Newell was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and remained there on Tuesday, jail officials said.

Officer Farrar did not need any medical attention, and he continued to work that night, Edwards said. (Dylan Martin, BDN)

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