Officer felt gun being tugged

Rockland man accused of assaulting, threatening Thomaston officer

By Stephen Betts | Nov 06, 2017
Photo by: Knox County Jail Dwayne L. Ames

Thomaston — A 55-year-old Rockland man is behind bars, accused of assaulting a Thomaston police officer and threatening to kill him.

Dwayne L. Ames was arrested Saturday night, Nov. 4, and charged with felony assault, felony terrorizing and misdemeanor charges of refusing to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct.

According to an affidavit filed by Thomaston police with the Knox County courts, Officer Christopher Hast responded to a report of a man passed out in the parking lot of Walmart. Hast said the man awoke and appeared intoxicated.

Hast asked Ames for identification and the Rockland man refused and began yelling obscenities, according to the affidavit. When the officer warned him about his yelling, Ames spat on the officer. After being warned again about yelling and also spitting, Ames spat on the officer a second time, according to the affidavit.

The officer then attempted to arrest Ames, who resisted. Hast said he felt a tugging on his department-issued firearm and responded by striking Ames on the right thigh with a flashlight. He then warned Ames he would be Tasered if he did not submit to arrest and twice fired the Taser into Ames.

Thomaston Officer Noah Stevens and Rockland Police Officer Addison Cox, who was off duty, came to Hast's assistance and eventually Ames was handcuffed and put into the cruiser.

Ames repeatedly said he would kill Hast when he got out of jail, according to the affidavit.

At his initial appearance in court Monday, Nov. 6, Judge Susan Sparaco agreed to set bail at $500 cash for Ames, as was agreed to by the defense and District Attorney's Office.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Judy Olson | Nov 07, 2017 21:15

Don't wake a guy up in the middle of his power nap.  Have some respect.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 06, 2017 15:48

Top shelf, loves to be tasered.

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