South Paris man charged with assaulting police officer, refusing to submit to arrest

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PARIS — A South Paris man was charged Saturday with a felony count of assaulting a police officer and a misdemeanor counts of refusing to submit to arrest and violating a protection-from-abuse order.

Police said Joseph Bonney, 43, faces up to five years in prison on the felony charge and a year each on the lesser allegations.

A woman called police Saturday evening to report that Bonney had been calling her for the past two days, even though she had filed a protection-from-abuse order against him, according to Norway Police Officer Robert Federico II.

Federico said he questioned Bonney at Bonney’s mother’s house Gary Street, where the suspect allegedly refused to be taken into custody.

Federico said he placed his hand on Bonney’s arm to assist him off a couch while informing the suspect he was being placed under arrest.

“(Bonney) pulled away, told me he wasn’t going to jail and ran for the door,” according to an affidavit Federico has prepared for the court.

“I chased Bonney and told him to stop or he would be tased,” Federico wrote. “He refused to stop, said something to the effect of ‘go ahead,’ and kept going.”

Federico said he used a Taser in an effort to stop Bonney, which the officer said was “partially effective.”

He wrote that Bonney began fighting with him but eventually gave up.

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Joseph Bonney (Oxford County Jail)

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