Ashland Man Arrested Following Overdose; Threatening First-Responders With Knife

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Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 1:58 PM EST
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ASHLAND, Maine (WAGM) - Ashland Ambulance responded to a 42 year old male, James Arey, who had overdosed on prescription medication. According to Presque Isle Chief of Police, Laurie Kelly, once EMS responded, they discovered the male to be suicidal and threatened EMS staff with a knife.

Chief Kelly says, Arey drove himself to Northern Light AR Gould Hospital, with Ashland Ambulance following, where he refused to be taken into [protective] custody. 

According to Chief Kelly, James purposefully rammed his vehicle into the Ashland Ambulance, Presque Isle PD cruisers, a personal vehicle, and drove at police officers. Arey’s vehicle became stuck by the Helipad at AR Gould, where Officers were able to subdue him and take him into custody. 

Arey’s vehicle as well as Ashland Ambulance and the Presque Isle PD cruiser sustained substantial damages.

Chief Kelly says no one was injured in the incident. Arey was medically and psychologically treated at AR Gould and taken to the Aroostook County Jail with charges of: 

  • Driving to Endanger
  • Terrorizing
  • Aggravated Reckless Conduct
  • Aggravated Reckless Conduct with a dangerous weapon
  • Aggravated Criminal Mischief
  • Criminal Threatening with a dangerous weapon

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