May 30, 2020
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Mom allegedly threatens kids with knife

PRESQUE ISLE – A local woman remained at Aroostook County Jail in Houlton on Monday after allegedly threatening her three children with a knife, Sgt. Mark Barnes of the Presque Isle Police Department said Monday.

Darlene Ruest, 38, was charged with assault on a police officer, a Class C felony, as well as criminal threatening, obstruction of report of a crime, refusing to submit to arrest and violation of conditions of release, Barnes said.

Police received a 911 hang-up call at 9:53 p.m. Sunday. Presque Isle Officers Jeff Mechalko and Robert Thibeault drove to Coventry Court to check out the call when police received a second 911 call and could hear yelling in the background.

Barnes said that when officers arrived Ruest was not wielding a knife at her children – a 10-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy – but she had disabled the phone to prevent another 911 call.

When officers attempted to arrest Ruest, she struck Mechalko. Police used a taser, also known as a stun gun, to subdue her.

The report states that Ruest apparently was either intoxicated or under the influence of medication at the time of her arrest. Police said they do not know why she allegedly threatened her children.

Ruest was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, where the taser probes were removed and she was medically cleared. She then was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Barnes said the Department of Health and Human Services was contacted about the minors involved in the incident, but he was unsure whether the children were in DHHS custody or staying with relatives.

Ruest will make her first appearance today in District Court. Bail will not be set as Ruest already was out on bail at the time of her most recent arrest.


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