Man Charged With Terrorizing After Attacking Police With Fireworks

Photo: Douglas Fletcher

A Maine man is charged with threatening to light a mortar-style firework to throw at a police officer in his cruiser.

Douglas Fletcher, 35, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of terrorizing and disorderly conduct for loud unreasonable noise, the chief said.

Jay (Maine) Officer Dylan Rider responded to a complaint of noise at about 11:21 p.m. Friday on Keep Road and warned Fletcher to stop setting off fireworks.  After Rider got in his cruiser to leave, Fletcher lit another firework and walked up to the cruiser with a mortar-style firework and a lighter in an attempt to light it and throw at the officer.

Fletcher did not have a permit from the Jay Fire Rescue Department to use fireworks, as required by town ordinance and was arrested.

A conviction on a terrorizing charge is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine and a conviction on a disorderly conduct charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.


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