SUMNER — A Waterford man suffered a stab wound to his hand during an altercation Saturday evening at a graduation party at 1420 Main St.

An investigation by the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office revealed that John Pottle, 33, and his wife, Brittany Walker, 33, arrived at the party intoxicated, Chief Deputy James Urquhart said.

According to the report, Pottle made inappropriate comments to a female at the party and a male attempted to intervene. Numerous witnesses at the scene said Pottle grabbed a knife from the grill area and approached the other male. An fight ensued, and both fell to the ground while struggling for the knife, Urquhart said.

During this altercation Pottle suffered a superficial stab wound to his hand. The knife was taken from him and he got into a vehicle with his wife and headed toward Waterford.

Pottle contacted authorities and reported that he had been stabbed in the hand and was headed home, but was uncooperative with emergency responders on what led to the stabbing, Urquhart said.

At 7:49 p.m., Oxford County deputies arrived at 1420 Main St. and interviewed everyone at the scene.

A short time later, Pottle’s vehicle was stopped by Norway police. Pottle’s wife, who was driving, was later charged with operating under the influence, and Pottle was interviewed about the Sumner incident, Urquhart said.

The case has been forwarded to the Oxford County District Attorney’s Office for review.


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