A Searsmont man was arrested Friday, Dec. 31 accused of dragging a woman who was trying to get into her Jeep.

Christopher A. Seidl, 25, was arrested by Augusta Police on a warrant from Camden police for the charges of aggravated domestic violence assault, domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of violating a condition of release. One of the conditions was he not have contact with the victim of the Dec. 31 incident.

According to an affidavit filed in the Knox County court by Camden police, the woman said the man, who suffers from mental illness, had left the home they were living in together despite the court order prohibiting contact. She tracked him down to the Hannaford in Camden, and when he saw her in the store, he ran outside and went to her vehicle. Seidl had a spare key and was about to drive off with her Jeep when she opened the door to get in.

He backed up quickly, dragging the woman before she fell to the pavement. He then drove off, according to the affidavit.

The woman was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

The incident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Friday. Augusta police located him and arrested him at about 2 p.m. that day in Augusta. Seidl was taken to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility and released on $560 cash bail, according to a corrections officer.

Camden Police Officer Brook Hartshorn is the investigating officer.