SKOWHEGAN — A Jackman man waiting to be extradited to Pennsylvania to face a repeat drunken driving charge will stay in Maine to face a felony charge that he pointed a gun at a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy.

Matthew Todd Mayberry, 45, was approached for arrest on the fugitive from justice warrant in May at his home in Jackman, he allegedly pointed a gun at Somerset County Deputy Lucas Libby and said, “You are not the one running the show. I am.” Despite that, he was arrested by Libby and two U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Extradition papers signed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage to send Mayberry back to Pennsylvania were finalized in July, but local law enforcement authorities decided to hold Mayberry and proceed with the local charges against him, Assistant District Attorney Brent Davis said this week. Mayberry is charged in Maine with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony; and refusing to submit to arrest or detention, a misdemeanor.

Once Mayberry has been to trial and the case is finalized in Somerset County court, he can be extradited to Pennsylvania, Davis said. No trial dates have been set.

No one from the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office was available Friday to elaborate on the decision to try Mayberry in Maine before extraditing him to Pennsylvania.

Mayberry’s lawyer, Phil Mohlar, of Skowhegan, did not return messages Friday requesting a comment on the case.

The charge in Pennsylvania is driving under the influence with a previous conviction. The warrant was issued after Mayberry allegedly fled that jurisdiction before he could face the charge.

Mayberry was released after he was arrested because the warrant from Pennsylvania was for a misdemeanor. In Maine, a fugitive from justice must be changed with a felony in order for police to hold him, Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said at the time.

Mayberry later was indicted on the two Maine charges by a Somerset County grand jury. His scheduled June dates to appear in court on the indictment were put on hold in anticipation of the extradition warrant.

Documents filed in court by Staff Sgt. Michael Knight at Somerset County Unified Court in Skowhegan say Libby, along with two U.S. Border Patrol agents, went to Mayberry’s home on Main Street in Jackman to arrest him.

Mayberry allegedly refused to come out, but the door was unlocked, so the deputy pushed it open.

Libby was standing in the doorway when “Matthew came out from the bedroom area of the camper with a handgun and was wearing black body armor,” according to the court document. “Matthew had the gun up and had the gun pointed at me.”

Libby ordered Mayberry to drop his weapon, but he said he also saw a shotgun behind him on a couch. Mayberry allegedly said, “You are not the one running the show. I am,” and he reportedly then talked about his rights, his mental state and the United Nations.

Libby and two of the Border Patrol agents managed to grab Mayberry and force him to the ground outside the camper, as Mayberry allegedly continued to resist, according to the court papers. He was taken into custody and to the jail.

A Somerset County grand jury indicted Mayberry later in May, and he was released on bail until his arrest on the governor’s warrant as a fugitive from justice.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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