June 19, 2018
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Police: Bangor man arrested in Newport for OUI, assaulting an officer

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

NEWPORT, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested Tuesday evening after what Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid called a “bizarre” series of events.

Louis Pisaniello, 50, faces a number of charges, including operating under the influence and felony assault on an officer.

Dana Gatcomb, who is a Dexter police officer and part-time Newport officer, was outside with his fiancee and her parents at his home on Route 222 at about 6 p.m. Tuesday when an SUV pulled out across the street, said Macdaid.

“[Pisaniello] was driving around in the [crop] fields,” said Macdaid.

According to Macdaid, the man stopped in front of Gatcomb’s home and did a burnout with his vehicle for 20 feet and drove west down Route 222.

“[Pisaniello] goes about a mile down the road, turns around and drives about 70 mph [back toward Gatcomb’s residence], slammed on his brakes and parks in the middle of the road, jumps out and runs across the street to pick a fight with [Gatcomb’s fiancee’s] father,” said Macdaid. “[Pisaniello] said to him, ‘You have a problem with me?’”

At that point, Gatcomb identified himself as a police officer and told Pisaniello to leave the property, said Macdaid. Gatcomb told his fiancee to go into the house to call 911 and get his handcuffs.

“He starts pushing the father around some more and it escalates with the officer,” said Macdaid.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, Dexter police and Newport police Sgt. Sanger Davis responded to the incident.

Pisaniello was charged with OUI, felony assault of an officer, refusal to sign a summons and trespassing. Macdaid said a Breathalyzer test revealed that Pisaniello was three times over the legal alcohol limit.

“I’m happy it was a police officer’s home. Thank God it wasn’t a regular citizen. [Pisaniello] didn’t care who it was,” Macdaid said. “I commend [Gatcomb’s] girlfriend for running in and calling [911] and getting the handcuffs. Many would’ve panicked, but she did great.”

Pisaniello was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained on Wednesday afternoon.

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