ME: Rumford man is charged with shooting robotic deer
November 21, 2013
WOODSTOCK — A Rumford man is charged with shooting a robotic deer
from his car Wednesday night on Concord Pond Road.
Beardsley, 26, was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. after a brief
chase along the rural road, according to Maine Game Warden Josh
Smith's arrest report.
Beardsley is charged with night
hunting, shooting from a moving vehicle, failure to stop for an
officer and violation of bail conditions, all misdemeanor charges.
According to the Oxford County Jail, he posted $300 cash bail and
was released at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the
arrest report, Smith was monitoring night hunting activity with a
deer simulator — a robotic decoy — in the vicinity of Concord Pond
Road. At about 5:47 p.m., Beardsley shot at the decoy from his 1998
Dodge Stratus and drove away, ignoring Smith's commands to stop.
Beardsley was located a short distance down the road and arrested
less than 10 minutes later.
Convictions for night hunting
carry a mandatory $1,000 fine and three days in jail.
Beardsley also is facing charges of operating under the influence,
driving to endanger and failure to stop for an officer after
crashing his vehicle into a utility pole on Franklin Street in
Rumford on Aug. 25 and speeding away from police. He pleaded not
guilty to the charges in Rumford District Court in September and is
due to appear in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris on Jan. 8.
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