Couple engaging in altercation put up fight all the way to jail

Belfast officer injured during incident
By Tanya Mitchell | Mar 18, 2014
Source: Belfast Police Department Bethany Wickham and Jedediah Wasilewski

Belfast — Police say an argument between a Belfast couple turned violent during the early morning hours of Saturday, March 15, an event that ended with both the man and the woman going to jail and left a Belfast officer injured.

Jedediah Wasilewski, 35, of Belfast, was arrested on charges of assault, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, disorderly conduct (offensive words or gestures) and domestic violence assault following the alleged incidents, which according to police began at a High Street apartment complex just before 12:30 a.m. Also arrested was the woman who was allegedly involved in the initial altercation with Wasilewski, 37-year-old Bethany Wickham of Belfast. Wickham faces charges of disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, obstructing government administration and assault.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said the trouble began when police responded to the report of a disturbance at 230 High St.

"Bethany [Wickham] and Jedediah [Wasilewski] were having an argument over an ex-boyfriend," said Cunningham. "He pushed her, and then she punched him."

A male third party who witnessed the altercation stepped in to try and break it up, but Cunningham said Wasilewski pressed the man up against the wall and held him there by the throat. At that time, Cunningham said, a fourth male party, who was also the apartment manager, came to the apartment to see what was going on.

"Jedediah [Wasilewski] got in his face, so he maced Jedediah," said Cunningham.

Cunningham said the apartment manager maced Wasilewski because Wasilewski allegedly made threatening comments that caused him to fear for his life.

A few minutes later, Cunningham said, officers arrived to find that the door to Wasilewski's apartment appeared to have been kicked in. Through further investigation, police learned Wasilewski kicked his own door in so he could get to his shower and wash the mace out of his eyes.

As the officers were in the process of detaining Wasilewski, Cunningham said, Wickham re-appeared outside the apartment building and was "yelling and screaming" at the officers because Wasilewski was in possession of her cell phone. As police were attempting to get the phone from Wasilewski, Cunningham said Wickham continued to approach the officers and the cruiser containing Wasilewski.

"She was physically trying to get to him," said Cunningham.

Cunningham said Wickham put up a struggle as police detained her, with officers "wrestling her to the ground" in an effort to get her into the police car. Then Wickham refused to exit the cruiser once officers arrived at Waldo County Jail, engaging in yet another brief struggle with police.

Cunningham said as a result of the scuffle with Wickham, Officer Dan Fitzpatrick sprained his wrist and shoulder.

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