October 10, 2012

Man jumps off cliff to elude police, eventually Tasered

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

WATERBORO — A man who jumped off a cliff while fleeing police had to be Tasered into submission during an incident that took place Monday in Waterboro.

Billie Joe Gregoire, 44, of Shapleigh, has been charged with drunk driving and refusing to submit to arrest, according to Major William L. King Jr. of the York County Sheriff’s Office.

King said deputies responded around 11:30 a.m. Monday to a call for assistance from a Maine game warden, who had pulled over a vehicle on Webber Road.

King said that when Deputy Gil Hudson asked Gregoire for identification, he provided the officer with false information regarding his name, age and Social Security number. Gregoire also told the officer he was employed as a school teacher at a local school – another false claim.

Gregoire failed a field sobriety test. When Hudson tried to place him under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol, Gregoire fled into a wooded area. Gregoire jumped off a cliff, allowing him to elude Hudson and another deputy.

Police cordoned off the wooded area and when Gregoire emerged from the woods, he resisted arrest. He had to be Tasered into submission, King said.

Gregoire is being held at the York County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in Springvale District Court on Dec. 18.

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