Border Patrol agent facing multiple charges

Kathy McCarty, Special to The County
10 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Border Patrol agent is facing multiple charges, following a complaint of fireworks being discharged at a local motel last week.

    “At 11:41 p.m. on Dec. 10, Presque Isle Police Department officers responded to the Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center in reference to a complaint that a tenant there was discharging fireworks in his room and in the parking lot, disturbing other tenants.
Officers responded and made contact with the man, later identified as Michael Mielnicki (age not given), who was reportedly responsible for the illegal fireworks use,” said Chief Matt Irwin, of the PIPD.
Mielnicki reportedly became combative with Cpl. Wayne Selfridge and Officer Ryan Eagles, both of the PIPD, when they responded to investigate.
“Mielnicki was charged with refusing to submit to arrest or detention, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, cruelty to animals, and possession of a usable amount of marijuana,” said Irwin. “Mielnicki identified himself as an off-duty Border Patrol agent with the Department of Homeland Security assigned to the Jackman Border Patrol station.”
The animal cruelty charge stems from Mielnicki’s having his Border Patrol canine in the room when the fireworks were set off, causing the animal to be stressed.
Bail was set at $500 cash or $5,000 surety, with a sober release condition. Mielnicki was transported to the Aroostook County Jail and is scheduled to appear at the Presque Isle District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Michelle Benson-Fuller, spokesperson with Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Houlton, told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday the agency planned to fully cooperate with the PIPD’s investigation. She also indicated the agency stresses “honor and integrity” and that such behavior is not tolerated.