Intoxicated man hides at mom's house, ends evening in jail

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 26, 2012
Source: Belfast Police Department Michael Ripley

Belfast — A Belfast man was arrested early Monday morning, June 25, after he allegedly showed up at a residence intoxicated, attempted to hide from police at his mother's house and kicked an officer as he was being detained.

Michael Ripley, 21, of Belfast was arrested on charges of refusing to submit to arrest or detention and assault on an officer following a series of events that were initially reported to police early Monday morning, according to Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham.

Cunningham said police were first called to a Belfast residence because the complainant stated Ripley had shown up at their home uninvited and also appeared to be intoxicated.

"When they told him they were going to call the cops, he took off," said Cunningham.

Ripley was on probation, Cunningham said, so police set out to look for him at his mother's home on Piper Stream Lane.

When the officers arrived, Cunningham said Ripley's mother said he'd been there, but that he had since left. At that time, Cunningham said, the officers heard an individual leave the residence through a back door and head out into the nearby woods.

In an effort to locate Ripley, Cunningham said the officers called on Maine State Police Trooper Stephen Hills and his K-9, Lola. Lola tracked Ripley through the woods that initially led away from his mother's home, but the trail eventually led police back to an area behind a dwelling next to his mother's house.

Then, Cunningham said, Ripley resisted arrest and tried to use physical force in doing so.

"He tried to head butt them, but he missed; he was too drunk," said Cunningham, adding that Ripley called the officers a few "choice names" in the process of attempting to assault them.

At one point, Cunningham said, Ripley kicked Officer Matthew Cook in the leg before he was arrested and transported to the Waldo County Jail.

Ripley is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Sept. 4.


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