June 21, 2018
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Fairfield man with long criminal history allegedly headbutts officers during arrest

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A Fairfield man with a long criminal history in Central Maine was arrested again Sunday night, according to police.

Officers responding to a domestic complaint on Newhall Street around 10 p.m. encountered an intoxicated John O’Connor, 48, according to Fairfield police Chief John Emery.

O’Connor was out on bail for a previous domestic assault, Emery said, and his bail conditions prohibited him from consuming alcohol, so attempted to arrest him.

But when Fairfield police Officers Spencer Grinnel and Paul St. Amand got him in handcuffs, O’Connor became combative, headbutting both officers and breaking Grinnell’s glasses, behavior that didn’t surprise Emery.

“Mr. O’Connor likes to fight,” Emery said.

O’Connor was eventually subdued, placed into a patrol car and taken to the Kennebec County Jail, Emery said. He was charged with assault on a police officer, terrorizing, criminal mischief, violating conditions of release and refusing to submit to arrest.

O’Connor remained at the jail Tuesday morning.

“He’s well-known to all the police agencies here in Central Maine,” said Emery. “Anytime you deal with him he wants to fight. He’s 48 years old, you’d think he would grow out of it.”

O’Connor’s rap sheet includes robbery and assault convictions.

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