A man was arrested Thursday morning at a family member’s home in Clinton shortly after he fled from police who were investigating a domestic violence complaint at a residence on 597 Hinckley Road.

Michael Savage, 31, ran away as Maine State Police troopers investigating the domestic violence complaint fended off an attempt by a woman at the residence to distract their dogs with a baseball bat, according to Sgt. Peter Michaud, who is based at the Maine State Police Troop C barracks in Skowhegan.

Savage, who left the home without shoes, was caught about 11:30 a.m. at a family member’s home on Bellsqueeze Road, Michaud said. The incident lasted three hours from the initial call until Savage’s arrest.

Also arrested was Katrina Bouchard, 30, of 597 Hinckley Road, on charges of obstructing government administration. Bouchard was taken to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.

Savage, who was free on bail for a domestic violence assault charge, was under court order from a judge to not have any contact with Bouchard, according to police. He was arrested at the scene on a charge of violating bail conditions and taken to Kennebec County jail.

Michaud said that when state troopers arrived at the Hinckley Road home after an anonymous 911 call, Bouchard tried to distract the police dogs using a baseball bat while Savage fled from the home. Police first termed her actions with the bat as an attempted assault, but she was not charged with anything assault-related.

Before Savage was caught, troopers looked for him in the area between Dixon and Bellsqueeze roads with two dog tracking units and air surveillance from the Maine Forestry Service. The Clinton Police Department and the Maine Warden Service also assisted state police in the investigation.

About 10 officers from the agencies took part in the search and arrest, according to an afternoon news release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police asked that anyone who had contact with Savage during the incident to contact Trooper John LaCoste at 207-624-7076.

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

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