UNION, Maine — A Union man was drunk and reckless when he fired a gun in the vicinity of children playing basketball Sunday, according to local police.
Joshua Bennett, 29, was arrested Sunday evening and charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal mischief, two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm, discharging a firearm within 300 feet of a residence.
Judge Susan Sparaco set bail Monday in Knox County Unified Court for Bennett at $2,500 cash. Conditions include that he not possess alcohol or firearms and not come within 1,000 feet of the neighbors where the children were playing.
Sgt. Lance Mitchell and Deputy Jeremy Joslyn of the Knox County sheriff’s office found an intoxicated Bennett screaming and hollering when they arrived at the Payson Road residence shortly after 6 p.m., according to Sheriff Donna Dennison.
Bennett was outside the residence, shooting the gun in the air, according to the affidavit filed by Joslyn. The gun was fired about 55 feet from where children were playing basketball at a neighbor’s home and the bullets went over their heads, according to Joslyn.
The sheriff said she does not know why Bennett fired the gun but said the presence of children nearby added to the officers’ concerns. Bennett did not threaten officers with the gun, she said.
Bennett also spat while in the patrol car on the way to the county jail and kicked the radio speaker down, the sheriff said. The patrol car had to be cleaned for biohazards and was out of service, she said.
Bennett also continued his disorderly behavior at the jail, including breaking a phone when he was told he could not make another call, according to the affidavit.