Officer who slashed tires while on duty gets 5 days in jail


BANGOR (AP) – A former Bangor police officer who pleaded guilty to slashing tires while on duty has begun serving a five-day jail term.

Joshua Ouellette, 26, turned himself in Thursday at the Penobscot County Jail, but was transferred to the Piscataquis County Jail for safety reasons.

Ouellette admitted to slashing four tires on a car at a residence in Bangor on April 18, 2005, while on duty. He pleaded guilty in District Court to criminal mischief, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

In addition to his jail sentence, Ouellette must perform 40 hours of community service.

The man who identified himself as the target of the tire slashing had allegedly led police on a high-speed chase the day before.