WATERVILLE — A Winslow man is in jail without bail after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in parking lots off Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville and then drove to Winslow, where police stopped him on Monument Street.
Justin Shane Buker, 25, of 26 Bellevue St., Apartment 2, Winslow, was arrested and charged by Winslow police with operating under the influence. He also was charged by Waterville police with domestic violence assault and violation of bail conditions, according to Waterville Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey.
Rumsey said Buker at the time was out on bail after having been arrested and charged in connection with a previous domestic violence assault against a different victim. On Feb. 9, he was arrested on Bellevue Street and charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and violation of conditions of release.
Monday’s incident began around 6:15 p.m., when Waterville police were called to a parking lot off Kennedy Memorial Drive near Ray Haskell Ford Lincoln, where a domestic disturbance reportedly was taking place, Rumsey said. When officers arrived, they were told the altercation had moved to the KFC/Taco Bell parking lot farther east on Kennedy Memorial Drive.
When officers arrived there, a woman told them she was “the girlfriend of Justin Buker,” Rumsey said. “She reported she was in a vehicle with Buker on KMD, he had been drinking, they argued, he assaulted her and eventually she was able to get out of the vehicle; and he took off from the area.”
Witnesses described a scene in which a male was driving around in circles, squealing his tires and screaming before leaving the scene, Rumsey said.
“She (the victim) did not suffer injury, but she was assaulted,” Rumsey said. “Certainly we’re glad that Winslow police were able to locate him and take him off the road before he hurt anyone. He was operating a vehicle in a reckless fashion in Waterville, and we’re glad to be able to take him into custody for our charges.”
Buker was taken to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta and is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. May 6 in Waterville District Court, according to Rumsey.
This is a corrected version.
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