CLINTON — A deputy with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office was injured Sunday morning during a struggle with a Clinton man who was evading arrest, officials said.

James H. Simonson Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office photo

At about 9 a.m., Deputy Elijah Curtis traveled to Clinton to serve James H. Simonson, 60, with an arrest warrant from Somerset County after Simonson had failed to appear in court on a drug trafficking charge, according to Lt. Chris Read.

When Curtis arrived at the residence, Simonson attempted to run out the back door and a struggled ensued, according to Read.

Curtis was injured and Simonson escaped. Simonson was apprehended at about 8:30 p.m. Monday by Deputy Devin Polizzotti and the Maine State Police.

In addition to the warrant from Somerset County, Simonson has been charged with escape, assault on an officer, refusing to submit to arrest, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and violating conditions of release.

Simonson is being held at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta and is not allowed bail.

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