Following a report that a man with a gun had crashed a car into a house, Gorham police tried to conduct a welfare check late Monday, causing a stir in a rural Gorham neighborhood near Westbrook.

Several police cruisers responded to the scene about 9 p.m. Police had communicated with the man by yelling, but the man didn’t welcome a welfare check, Gorham Police Chief Dan Jones said Tuesday. Jones, who went to the scene, said there was no reason to force the issue or arrest the man.

“It was much to do about nothing,” Jones said.

Jones confirmed the incident occurred at a home on Dragonfly Lane, off Longfellow Road, and that police are familiar with the man, whom Jones did not name.

“He didn’t threaten anybody,” Jones said, and added there was no physical evidence that the man had crashed into the house.

Police believe the man, after exiting the vehicle, had gone inside to sleep and that there was no reason to believe anyone else was in the home.

Jones said police had suggested nearby residents evacuate homes. Westbrook police assisted Gorham, and Jones, seeking additional support, had called for the Cumberland County Emergency Services Unit. Police left the scene about 11:30 p.m.


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