St. John Valley

Police arrest two Madawaska men following traffic stop, alleged altercation

MADAWASKA, Maine — Local police arrested two Madawaska men Sunday evening during a traffic stop on Main Street in St. David after one man allegedly struggled with officers.

Officers Ryan Albert and Sam Dechaine of the Madawaska Police Department pulled a truck over for allegedly speeding at about 7 p.m. and as they approached, officer Dechaine noticed several individuals laying down in the bed of the pickup truck.

One of the officers described the scene as looking “like a clown car with the amount of people that were hiding in the bed of the truck,” Police Chief Ross Dubois said Monday.

The individuals in the bed of the truck were compliant with the officers and were not charged with any violations.

But when Dechaine approached the driver’s side, the passenger 24-year-old Ryan Morin of Madawaska became extremely belligerent and interfered with questioning of the driver, according to police.

At one point Morin exited the vehicle and walked out into the roadway, where he continued to be belligerent, according to Albert, who tried to get the man out of traffic for his safety. Dubois said the officer reported that Morin began struggling and made aggressive advances toward him.

Police said that Morin continued to refuse their commands, and after the second attempt to restrain him, police used a stun gun to subdue him. As he was being taken into custody, Morin continued make death threats toward the arresting officers, according to Dubois.

Police charged Morin with disorderly conduct, terrorizing, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, and obstructing government administration. Morin was not able to make bail and was transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

The officers also arrested the driver, Paul Frazier, 22, of Madawaska and charged with speeding, operating without a license and driving to endanger because of the individuals riding in the truck bed. Frazier was released on bail.

Both Morin and Frazier are scheduled to appear in district court Sept. 5.

Follow Morgan Mitchell on Twitter @TheMaineMorgan

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