A former Biddeford city councilor was arrested late last week for allegedly refusing to submit to arrest.

Perry Aberle, the youngest city councilor ever elected in Biddeford, was charged after an incident Friday night on South Street in which he was forced to the ground by a police officer after allegedly refusing to provide his name and tried to leave the scene as officers investigated a complaint.

Police were called to South Street by a woman who said a man, later determined to be Aberle, was outside threatening her boyfriend, according to Biddeford police logs released Monday. An officer reported Aberle was uncooperative and refused to identify himself. Aberle told the officer he would have to arrest him before Aberle would provide his name, according to police.

As the officer investigated the complaint, Aberle became more disorderly, according to police. After a few minutes, Aberle “attempted to walk away from the scene and the officer was forced to take him to the ground,” according to police logs.

After he was handcuffed, Aberle refused to cooperate with the booking process, according to police. He was taken to Southern Maine Health Care before being transported to the York County Jail.

Aberle posted $500 bail and was released from jail Saturday, according to jail officials.

Aberle, 40, was elected to the Biddeford City Council in 1993 when he was 18. He has since run unsuccessful campaigns for Biddeford mayor in 2013, state representative in 2014 and City Council in 2015. In the past year, Aberle frequently attended council meetings and spoke during public comment sessions.

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