FAIRFIELD — A Winslow man was arrested on Main Street early Monday morning following a scuffle with police officers, in which one officer broke his hand.

Police were called to the American Lodge at 31 Main St. around 1 a.m. when Joseph Grenier, 31, was reportedly seen fighting with his girlfriend. Fairfield Police Capt. Paul St. Amand said he wasn’t sure why Grenier or the girlfriend, both Winslow residents, were in Fairfield at the time, but St. Amand said a group of men saw Grenier assaulting the woman and intervened.

St. Amand said the group dispersed when police arrived and Grenier was arrested. As police attempted to bring him to a cruiser, he began yelling profanities at the group of men and had to be brought under control, St. Amand said. Grenier, in handcuffs, then allegedly lunged at the woman he had assaulted, bringing himself and an officer to the ground. As a result, Fairfield Officer Jordan Brooks’ hand was broken, and St. Amand said Brooks has an appointment with a doctor.

“The male was placed in a cruiser, where he attempted to kick a window out,” St. Amand said.

Grenier then began hitting his head on the partition between the front and back of the cruiser, cutting his head and bleeding. “He refused medical treatment, and he continued to spit blood all over the rear of the cruiser,” St. Amand said.

The cruiser has since been placed out of service so it can be cleaned and decontaminated.

Grenier was charged with terrorizing, domestic violence terrorizing, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, refusing to sign a criminal summons, all of which are misdemeanors. He was also arrested on a warrant for unpaid fines on theft by deception charge.

Grenier was taken to the Somerset County jail in East Madison, where he was awaiting his arraignment on Monday.

Bail information was not immediately available and Grenier’s mugshot was not available.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

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Twitter: @colinoellis


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