Police accomodate man who demands arrest
By Patrick McArdle
Staff Writer | February 19,2014
BENNINGTON — Police said a Bennington man who demanded to be arrested Sunday even though he had not committed a crime, wouldn’t take “no” for an answer … so they arrested him.
By the time Donald H. Maynard Sr., 43, of Bennington, was arrested for disorderly conduct, he had made several threats against a police officer, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Maynard pleaded innocent at this arraignment in Bennington criminal court Tuesday. He was released without bail.
Officer David Faden said in an affidavit that Maynard came into the lobby of the Bennington police station around 10:15 p.m. Sunday.
Faden said he knew Maynard from “many past professional encounters.” Maynard asked to speak to him in private, Faden said.
When they were alone, Maynard told Faden he wanted a ride to Rutland. Upon further questioning, Maynard told Faden he wanted to go to the Rutland jail to assault another man who is from Pownal.
“Maynard stated that (the man) hurt his daughter emotionally and that he was going to take care of him,” Faden said.
Faden noted that Maynard was visibly intoxicated.
Faden said he told Maynard to go home because he was not going to arrest Maynard and send him to jail for no reason but Maynard said if Faden wouldn’t send him to jail for being intoxicated, he would leave and commit a misdemeanor crime in order to be sent to prison.
Faden said Maynard was “given multiple opportunities to leave the police station and go home” but continued to make verbal threats.
Maynard also threatened to walk to Pownal and put the man in the hospital if he wasn’t in jail. According to the Vermont Department of Corrections inmate locator service, the man is in the Rutland jail.
Faden said eventually Maynard “became irate that he was not getting his way” so he was taken into custody. Afterward, Maynard continued to make “multiple threats to (Faden’s) health and safety.”
Faden described Maynard’s criminal record as lengthy and said it included two felony convictions, for driving under the influence in 2010 and burglary in 1987; 28 misdemeanor convictions; 10 convictions for assault-related crimes; and two convictions for assault on police officers.
According to his criminal record, Maynard can be identified by his tattoos of Warner Brothers’ Looney Toons characters Bugs Bunny, the Tasmanian Devil, Wile E. Coyote, Sylvester and Tweety.