Lawmaker who pointed gun gets mental exam

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AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine lawmaker accused of pointing a loaded gun at a man outside a Dunkin’ Donuts has been transferred to psychiatric hospital.

Authorities say Rep. Frederick Ladd Wintle of Garland was examined at the jail Monday. Kennebec County Sheriff Randy Liberty says that as a result of the examination, Wintle was transferred to a psychiatric facility in southern Maine.

Wintle was arrested last weekend and his bail was set at $3,500. Bail conditions forbid him from returning to the State House without express permission from House Speaker Robert Nutting.

The mental health assessment had been initiated by law enforcement officials. Wintle’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

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