A Bath man is facing multiple charges after a bizarre incident that involved a vehicle fire and alleged assaults on a bystander, a deputy, and his K-9 partner.

Who Was Arrested?

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office says Shane M. Sawler, 46, of Bath was arrested on February 13th in the area of 290 Main Street in Richmond.

What Happened?

Deputy Zachary Kindelan was called to the area for a report of a vehicle on fire. When he arrived, he saw a vehicle off the south side of the street that was in flames and two men engaged in a fight near the vehicle fire. As a result of an investigation, Kindelan learned that the operator of the vehicle had allegedly attacked the other person, unprovoked. Kindelan said the victim had witnessed the vehicle fire and was the person who called police to report it.

As the investigation continued, Deputy Kindelan says Sawler allegedly became defiant and refused to cooperate. He allegedly challenged the Deputy to a fight and, despite being warned not to, took a swing at him. The two struggled and the Deputy was injured. Deputy Kindelan was able to let his K-9 partner, Hero, out of the cruiser and commanded him to attack the suspect. Sawler grabbed the dog and allegedly body slammed Hero to the pavement. The K-9 recovered and put a bite on the suspect, hanging on until Deputy Kindelan was able to get the handcuffs on.

What Charges Does He Face?

Both Deputy Kindelan and Sawler were taken to Maine General in Augusta where they were treated and released for injuries sustained in the incident. Sawler is charged with the following offenses:

  • Assault on an officer
  • Unlawful interference with law enforcement dog
  • Operating under the influence
  • Assault
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Refusing to submit to arrest

He was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he was being held on a probation violation.

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