According to a press release from the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office, an alleged drug trafficker from Clinton was arrested last night (January 25th).

At about 9 AM on Sunday, Deputy Elijah Curtis travelled to a residence in Clinton to attempt to locate 60 year old James H. Simonson.  Simonson was wanted on an arrest warrant from Somerset County for Failing to appear on a class A Drug Trafficking charge.  Once at the residence Deputy Curtis located Simonson as he was attempting to run out the back door.  A struggle ensued in which Simonson was able to escape custody and Deputy Curtis suffered injuries.

Simonson escaped and was not located until yesterday evening around 8:30 p.m. by Deputy Devin Polizzotti and the Maine State Police.

Simonson was not granted bail and is being charged with:

  • Escape, class B
  • Assault on an Officer, class C
  • Refusing to Submit to arrest, class D
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, class C
  • Violating Conditions of Release, class E

Additionally, he had previously been charged with a Class A Drug Trafficking charge.

His next court date was not announced.

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