LEWISTON – A police sergeant was hospitalized Tuesday night with injuries suffered while attempting to make an arrest on Acadia Avenue.

David St. Pierre was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center where he was examined for a head wound after assisting in the arrest about 10:30 p.m.

The sergeant was treated at the hospital and later released. It was unclear whether or not he would return to work after the injury.

Arrested was 24-year-old David Byron of 55 Acadia Ave. Byron was charged with assault on a police officer, refusal to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct.

Details about the arrest were murky late Tuesday. Police said they were responding to a complaint of an improperly parked car on Acadia Avenue when the scuffle with Byron ensued.

How a traffic violation led to a violent confrontation, however, remained unclear.

“Right now, we’re worried about the officer who was injured,” said police Lt. Don Mailhot. “We’re talking with everyone who was involved and trying to sort out the details.”

Byron’s friends and family said officers came after the 24-year-old for no apparent reason as he sat in his home across the street from where the car was parked. They said police then used excessive force after entering Byron’s apartment.

“He wasn’t doing anything. The cops kicked the door right down and they beat him,” said Lee Byron, David’s father. “Once they attacked him like that, he tried to protect himself.”

It was unclear Tuesday night how St. Pierre, a 10-year veteran of the Lewiston Police Department, was injured.

A woman who was with Byron when he was arrested said he was cordial to police when they first knocked on his door.

Police said Byron resisted from the start and that was when a scuffle ensued.

Late Tuesday night, Lee Byron was giving a statement to police Lt. Paul Harmon at the police station. Harmon was expected to speak with St. Pierre shortly after as an investigation into the incident continued.

Byron was not seriously injured in the incident. He was being booked at the Androscoggin County Jail shortly before midnight.

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