FAIRFIELD – A man who reportedly head-butted two police officers late Sunday when they arrested him for violating conditions of release is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Skowhegan District Court.

John Andrew O’Connor, 48, was in handcuffs when he head-butted officers Spencer Grinnell and Paul St. Amand, smashing Grinnell’s glasses, according to Sgt. Matthew Bard.

Bard said Monday that police went to 7 Newhall St. around 10 p.m. Sunday in response to a report of a domestic disturbance and encountered O’Connor, who was intoxicated and confrontational.

O’Connor was out on bail for a domestic-violence-related charge and, as part of his conditions of release, was prohibited from drinking alcohol, Bard said.

As he was being arrested, he assaulted the officers, Bard said.

Grinnell went to Thayer Campus, MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Waterville, to be checked out, Bard said. St. Amand was not injured, he said.

Maine State Police Sgt. Bernard Brunette assisted police at the scene, he said.

In addition to the charge of violating a condition of release, O’Connor was charged with assault on an officer, assault, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, terrorizing and criminal mischief, Bard said.

He was taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison, where he remained Monday and is expected to appear by video in Skowhegan District Court sometime Tuesday, Bard said.

“He’ll go before a judge on the violation of condition of release charge,” Bard said. “They may take up the other charges at that time or they may not. He may be given bail or they may hold him without bail.”


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