A 37-year-old Randolph man turned himself Tuesday in connection with a melee Saturday night in Chelsea that sent at least one person to the hospital.

Joseph R. Johnson was wanted on a number of charges because of the incident, according to the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies found a green Subaru crashed and still running around midnight Saturday on Hankerson Road just south of Deer Run. They also came upon the aftermath of a fight at 5 Deer Run.

The sheriff’s office reported that witnesses say Johnson appeared to be highly intoxicated when he arrived and was pointing a handgun at people, threatening to kill everyone.

A fight broke out between Johnson and a juvenile. During the fight, the gun was kicked into some bushes and the juvenile was hurt defending himself. The juvenile was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The gun has been recovered.

Johnson reportedly fled in the Subaru, which he abandoned. He was believed to be injured from both the fight and the crash.


Before he turned himself in, Kennebec County deputies tried unsuccessfully to locate Johnson at his home and job.

Police were seeking a warrant for his arrest on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, assault and failure to report a property damage accident.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

[email protected]

Twitter: @JLowellKJ

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