Local man facing multiple charges
By Kathy McCarty
PRESQUE ISLE — A local man is facing multiple charges following an incident at a Main Street bar on April 21.
Sean Donovan, 41, of Presque Isle, was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. on April 21 after getting into an altercation outside Bou’s Brew Pub on Main Street.
Officers with the Presque Isle Police Department were in the area investigating another complaint when they heard a commotion near the bar.
“My attention was drawn to a group of people near Bou’s. A man was yelling and a woman was screaming. The male had ahold of the woman and they appeared to be physically fighting,” said Sgt. Eric Erickson, of the PIPD. Erickson did not identify the victim, who sustained a minor facial injury as a result of the incident.
Erickson went to investigate and subsequently arrested the man, later identified as Donovan. Erickson was assisted by Cpl. Wayne Selfridge and Officer Joey Seeley. The victim told police she’d been talking with two other women on the sidewalk when the man approached. According to the woman’s statement, when they would not answer his questions, he struck the victim in the face.
Donovan was taken back to the police station. During booking, Donovan, who was reportedly very intoxicated at the time, allegedly hurled insults at Erickson and Selfridge. Donovan was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and was given a Presque Isle District Court date of June 21. He was released on bail, with conditions. According to the police log, Donovan, a math teacher at Presque Isle High School, told police he was distraught over a marital issue and had too much to drink.
Later that day, police were advised there had been a shoplifter at Bradley’s Citgo on North Street. Officers Cole Chandler and Chris Hayes were assigned. Upon review of the surveillance video, officers determined Donovan had entered the store twice — once around 2:39 a.m. on April 21 and again about an hour later — and had hidden wine bottles in his clothing on both occasions, then proceeded to purchase a few items before leaving the store each time. He was observed driving away in a pickup.
Donovan was subsequently arrested a second time and charged with operating under the influence, violating conditions of release and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, with a PIDC court date of June 19.
An e-mail from SAD 1 Superintendent Gehrig Johnson confirmed Donovan is an employee and is currently not working, having taken sick leave for an indefinite period of time.