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Maine man arrested more than 24 hours after allegedly assaulting sheriff's deputy during scuffle

James Simonson escaped arrest on Sunday morning and was not located until about 8:30 p.m. on Monday.
Credit: Kennebec County Sheriff's Office

CLINTON, Maine — A Clinton man was arrested Monday more than 24 hours after he allegedly assaulted a Kennebec County sheriff's deputy when the deputy tried to arrest him on a warrant Sunday. 

Deputy Elijah Curtis went to the home of James Simonson, 60, at around 9 a.m. Sunday to arrest Simonson on a warrant from Somerset County for failing to appear in court on a class A drug trafficking charge. Once at the residence, Curtis said he located Simonson as Simonson was attempting to run out the back door.  

A struggle ensued in which Simonson was able to escape custody. According to the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office, Curtis suffered injuries.  

Simonson escaped and was not located until about 8:30 p.m. on Monday by Kennebec County sheriff's deputy Devin Polizzotti and the Maine State Police.

Simonson was arrested on the warrant out of Somerset County. He was also charged with the following:

  • Escape, class B
  • Assault on an officer, class C
  • Refusing to submit to arrest, class D
  • Unlawful possession of methamphetamine, class C
  • Violating conditions of release, class E

Simonson was not allowed bail.

The Kennebec County Sheriff's Office did not provide any further details on Deputy Curtis's condition.