NEWPORT — A Newport man faces several criminal charges after his arrest Saturday for allegedly assaulting three people, then threatening police and emergency medical personnel, police said Tuesday.

Michael Chapman, 40, of 104 Hart St., Newport, was arrested Saturday morning after first fleeing police in a car, then later on foot, Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said. Chapman was captured after reportedly falling onto a rock and injuring his head, and he spent the night in the hospital.

Police received a call from a child at 104 Hart St. reporting a domestic disturbance about 12:40 a.m. Saturday. In a second call a neighbor reported “a lot of screaming,” according to Macdaid.

Chapman allegedly assaulted a man at the home by grabbing his neck, then took a wooden stool and broke a car window, Macdaid said. He then allegedly assaulted a woman in the house by putting her in a headlock, biting her on the upper chest near her collarbone and biting her finger.

Macdaid said Chapman chased his girlfriend, knocking her down and dragging her across the floor. Police are not releasing the names of any of the victims.

Chapman, who police said was “extremely intoxicated,” took off in a car when officers arrived. He next tried to get away on foot.

When authorities finally caught up to him, Chapman was confrontational with ambulance personnel, threatened both police and ambulance workers and “kept clinching his fist in a hostile manner,” Macdaid said.

Both officers who responded to the incident spent the majority of the night at the hospital with Chapman because of his violent behavior, Macdaid said. He was taken about 8 a.m. to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

Chapman is charged with domestic violence assault, operating under the influence, operating as a habitual motor vehicle offender, violation of bail and false attachment of plates.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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Twitter: @Doug_Harlow


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