DENMARK — A selectman was arrested over the weekend after an altercation with a lieutenant with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office.
Kirk E. McDermith, 45, of Denmark was charged with assault on an officer Friday after throwing papers at Lt. Hart Daley, according to Chief Deputy Dane Tripp.
McDermith, on the other hand, contended he merely threw the papers on the ground.
Tripp said Daley went to McDermith's home with another officer to serve him with a protection from abuse order filed by his wife. Tripp said McDermith ripped up the order and threw it at Daley, hitting him in the chest. He said McDermith then started making threats against Daley and the other officer.
"He's had altercations with our officers before," Tripp said. "He doesn't have a good rapport with them."
McDermith tells it differently. He said he returned home Friday from work following a very heated court proceeding with his wife that morning. The couple are in the process of divorcing.
McDermith said the two officers came "flying up my driveway." He said they served him with the court papers, which he threw to the ground out of frustration, only to find himself in handcuffs shortly thereafter.
He also denied making any threats, and said that Daley kept telling the other officer to use his Taser on him.
"They came like I'm some kind of common criminal," McDermith said Monday night in a phone interview.