A local man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest after a series of events that began when an officer spotted him leaning on the railing of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Nicholas Goguen, 26, of Belfast, first caught the attention of law enforcement at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, as Belfast Patrolman Rick Smith was driving across the bridge.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said Smith noticed Goguen because he appeared to be propping himself up on the bridge railing, but as the officer drove by, McFadden said, Goguen appeared to take notice.

"As the officer drove by, Nicholas [Goguen] stood up and staggered into the roadway," said McFadden.

When the officer stopped his cruiser, McFadden said, Goguen "decided to put up his dukes and start dancing toward the officer in a threatening manner."

But when Smith got out of the cruiser, McFadden said, Goguen then dropped to his knees and put his hands behind his back.

"He was obviously under the influence of something," said McFadden of Goguen.

While Smith was running a background check on Goguen as more officers were coming to assist at the scene, McFadden said, Goguen reengaged officers in a way that was similar to how he approached Smith when he first arrived on scene.

When the officers attempted to take Goguen into custody, McFadden said, Goguen put up a brief struggle before police were able to get him into the cruiser. No one was hurt in the scuffle.

McFadden said Goguen later admitted to taking some prescription drugs and the hallucinogenic drug known as bath salts prior to his encounter with police.

Goguen is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, June 4.