BELFAST, Maine — Police have accused a Maine man of punching himself several times in the face to avoid a breathalyzer test, The Bangor Daily News reported.
Police suspected Brian Fogg, 27, of Belfast, to be intoxicated when they were called to a residence on Jan. 13 and found Fogg’s vehicle stuck in a ditch, police said. Belfast police said Fogg and a homeowner had gotten into an argument, and Fogg allegedly struck and dented the homeowner’s car.
After Fogg failed a sobriety test, police took him to jail and attempted to give him a breathalyzer test, the Daily News reported.
As officers were explaining the testing process, Fogg allegedly punched himself in the face several times, the Daily News reported.
Belfast Detective Sgt. Gerry Lincoln said that Fogg “took that option (punching himself), which wasn’t one of the ones we gave to him.”
He added that because people had option of declining to take a breathalzyer test, it was unusual for someone to injure himself to avoid it. “We took that as a refusal to take the test,” Lincoln told the Daily News.
Fogg was charged with operating under the influence anyway, in addition to criminal mischief and falsifying physical evidence. He was released on bail, police said.