PALMYRA – Local police and Somerset County deputies combined forces Thursday afternoon to halt a rowdy pair of intoxicated men from Pittsfield who were driven to a grocery store and then to Wal-Mart in Palmyra, allegedly shoplifting and causing a disturbance as they went.
One of the men deliberately injured himself while being taken to jail and had to be taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital for treatment.
Pittsfield Chief Steven Emery said David Ring, 31, was identified at Bud’s Shop ‘n Save store in Pittsfield by employees as having taken items without paying, but he and two companions left the store before he could be apprehended.
Minutes after the Pittsfield complaint was received, the men were removed from Wal-Mart on Route 2 in Palmyra “because they were acting up and unruly,” said Emery.
Somerset Deputy Michael Knight was called to the scene when the pair’s behavior continued in the parking area and when he arrived, he observed Dennis Kilgore, 30, urinating in the parking lot. Knight charged Kilgore with indecent conduct.
Arriving from Pittsfield, Officer Rodney Minoty arrested Ring, 31, and charged him with shoplifting.
Because Ring was on probation, the office of probation and parole ordered him held, and Minoty prepared to take him to Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan.
Ring became even more unruly in the cruiser, however, repeatedly smashing his head on the metal divider between the front and back seats. Minoty diverted to Sebasticook Valley Hospital where Ring received stitches for his injuries.
He was then taken to the Skowhegan jail.
Knight said the driver of the vehicle in which Kilgore and Ring were passengers was given a field sobriety test and was found not to be intoxicated.
Just before this incident, Emery was called to George Street in Pittsfield, where he arrested Charles Deviller, 24, on a charge of domestic assault.
Deviller later was released on his own recognizance.
His victim did not require treatment at a hospital, Emery said.