Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline was allegedly assaulted and the department’s 2008 Crown Victoria damaged after a Pittston man was detained following an accident on Gardiner Road in Wiscasset Monday, Dec. 14.
Matthew S. Pelletier, 30, of Pittston, was charged with aggravated criminal mischief, a class C felony, reckless conduct, refusal to submit to arrest or detention, and assault, all class D misdemeanors, according to a press release from the Wiscasset Police Department.
According to the release, at approximately 4:10 p.m., Cline responded to a report of no injury accident near the intersection of Foye and Gardiner Road. A Toyota Camry, operated by Lucy Van Summern, 32, of Pittston, had entered into a ditch. Pelletier was a passenger in the vehicle.
Van Summern reported the couple was having an argument and Pelletier grabbed the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to drive off the road, Cline wrote in the
Cline subdued Pelletier and placed him in the backseat of the department’s Crown Victoria cruiser. Once inside, Pelletier allegedly kicked the door until the back rear window shattered, Cline wrote.
School Resource Officer Tom Hoepner was called for backup. Pelletier was transferred into Hoepner’s vehicle, and taken to Midcoast Hospital where he was medically cleared for incarceration. Pelletier was then transported to Two Bridges Regional Jail. He posted cash bail of $1,000 and was released later that night, according to the press release.
The Wiscasset Fire Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. Cline’s injuries were minor, he wrote.
Pelletier is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 28, 2016.