Police: Man Strikes Person in Wheelchair, Nearly Hits Others

Police say an 80-year-old man struck a person in a wheelchair, assaulted responding officers and nearly hit several pedestrians leaving a fireworks display as he attempted to flee.

Winslow Police say several thousand people were leaving Fort Halifax Park just before 10 p.m. Saturday when Daryl E. Pratt struck someone in wheelchair on the Sebasticook Bridge. They say when nearby officers began their investigation, Pratt became verbally confrontational.

Police say Pratt jumped into his vehicle and attempted to leave while several pedestrians were in front of the vehicle. They say he assaulted two officers who tried to restrain him.

Pratt eventually was removed from the vehicle and arrested. He was treated for injuries sustained during his arrest.

The officers and the person in the wheelchair did not require medical attention. 

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