May 28, 2018
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Man accused of resisting arrest after Belfast bar fight

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A Searsmont man ended up having to go to a Bangor hospital with a broken bone near his eye Friday night after getting involved in a scuffle at a Belfast bar.

Derek Greeley, 29, apparently got into an argument with another patron about 10:30 p.m. at the Front Street Pub. The two were separated by employees and Greeley had left the pub by the time police arrived, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

But then Greeley reportedly decided to go back to the bar to finish the argument, Cunningham said, and an officer saw him walking to the Front Street Pub with two male friends running after him to get him to change his mind.

Greeley and the other man looked as if they were starting to fight again and an officer got in between the two to stop them.

“[The officer] told [Greeley] he was under arrest,” Cunningham said. “Mr. Greeley resisted and fought with the officer.”

Ultimately, Greeley was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, assault and refusing to submit to arrest or detention and was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked. But at the jail, he sneezed, which exacerbated an eye injury he had suffered sometime during the bar fight. He told jail officials he had been “sucker-punched” by another man before police arrived.

Greeley had suffered a broken bone beneath his eye socket, Cunningham said. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center to be treated for the injury.

The incident is under investigation, according to the police.

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