May 13, 2013

Winslow man charged with kicking out cruiser's window, violating protective order

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
Staff Writer

WINSLOW — A 30-year-old man kicked out the rear window of a police cruiser shortly after being arrested Sunday night, according to police.

Winslow police officers, responding to a call about 8 p.m., went to the home of the man, Justin Meserve, of Winslow, who is prohibited by court order from having contact with his sister and from drinking alcohol, according to Chief Jeff Fenlason, of the Winslow police.

Police determined that Meserve's sister was in the residence and that he had been drinking, so they arrested him and charged him with violation of a protective order, Fenlason said.

"He began resisting, fighting the officers," Fenlason said. "Officers got him into handcuffs, got him into the back of the car. He continued to yell, scream and kick."

Fenlason said Meserve not only broke the window, but he also caused extensive damage to the upper frame of the door. The total value of the damage has not yet been determined, he said.

After kicking out the window, Meserve was removed from the car and put into a set of leg irons to prevent him from kicking, after which he was taken to Inland Hospital for treatment of minor cuts on his legs.

In addition to the initial charge, a class D crime punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, Meserve was charged with refusing to submit to arrest, also a class D crime; and aggravated criminal mischief, a class C crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Meserve was taken to the Kennebec County jail and is scheduled to appear June 11 in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Between 2004 and 2007, Meserve was convicted of several minor offenses and has faced sentences ranging from fines of up to $700, to jail terms of seven to 285 days in jail.

In 2004, he pleaded guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court to refusing to provide his name and address to a police officer and violating conditions of release.

In 2005, he was convicted twice in Waterville District Court of operating under the influence.

In 2007, he was convicted in Kennebec County Superior Court of failure to report and violating conditions of release.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287

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