ROCKLAND — Criminal charges are accumulating for a Waldoboro woman who cut off her ankle monitor in an effort to avoid police.

Michelle A. Heald, 45, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 10 by Rockland police and charged with refusing to submit to arrest, criminal mischief, unlawful possession of drugs, trafficking in prison contraband and three counts of violating conditions of release.

The arrest came after Heald had left Maine Pre-Trial Services in the basement of the Knox County Courthouse and was spotted in the passenger seat of a car on nearby Masonic Street. Heald ducked in an attempt not to be seen, according to an affidavit filed by Rockland police. When officers stopped the vehicle, she had cut off the ankle monitor that had been ordered by the court on a prior operating under the influence and drug cases as a condition of bail.

Heald was taken to the Knox County Jail where Xanax was found on her.

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, prior to her initial appearance in court via Zoom, Heald was charged by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with Class B aggravated assault, Class C assault on an officer and Class C violating a condition of release.

An affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office states that Heald refused to follow directions while at the jail, and during a scuffle stabbed a corrections officer in the arm with a pencil she had to sign paperwork. Heald claimed that she did not intentionally poke the officer but that it was an accident.

Judge Patricia Worth ordered Heald held without bail on Friday, Jan. 13 until a Feb. 23 hearing to revoke Heald’s pre-conviction bail is held.