WINSLOW — A 22-year-old Winslow man was shocked with a stun gun Thursday after police say he fled during questioning in connection with attempted scrap metal theft.

Winslow police Chief Jeffrey Fenlason said Robert Joseph Fortier did not require medical attention after being stunned and that he was summoned on charges of criminal trespass and escape.

Fortier will likely be summoned on a theft charge as well, Fenlason said.

An Albion Road property owner called police about 12:30 p.m. Thursday to say that two people were stealing scrap metal there, Fenlason said.

During questioning, when Fortier bolted Officer Linda Smedberg gave chase, ordering Fortier to stop, Fenlason said.

Fortier rain into a field, abruptly stopped, turned and raised his fists, Fenlason said.

“She deployed her Taser and he was handcuffed,” Fenlason said.

Rescue personnel were called but Fortier did not require treatment, Fenlason said.

The chief said Fortier walked back to the cruiser with the officer. Detective Gina Henderson and School Resource Officer Ronald McGowen also responded to the call.

Fortier is scheduled to appear May 22 in Waterville District Court.

The other man, Justin B. Lewis, 25, of Benton, was also summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in connection with the incident.

Beth Staples — 861-9252

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