PITTSFIELD – Four people were arrested in Pittsfield Sunday afternoon, after Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputies say they were part of an altercation.
Clarence Rider Jr., 63, and Arlene Rider, 62, both of Exeter, as well as 36-year-old Casey Rider of Pittsfield and 31-year-old Stephanie Freeman of Skowhegan, were charged with obstruction of governmental administration.
According to a statement, the sheriff said it started after police were called to the scene of a motorcycle crash in Canaan on May 10 around 4:30 p.m.
Police said the motorcycle operator, identified as 41-year-old Clarence Rider III of Canaan, and a passenger fled the scene, leading police on a high-speed chase, reportedly reaching speeds of over 100 mph. Authorities eventually found the motorcycle outside a home on Livingston Street in Pittsfield.
When police attempted to tow and impound the motorcycle involved, a fight broke out. Police said Clarence Rider Jr. had a gun in his waistband and attempted to take possession of the motorcycle, refused to stand back, and was arrested. Then, the other suspects allegedly became “verbally belligerent” and assaulted deputies and the tow truck driver.
All four were arrested and taken to the Somerset County Jail and have since been released on bail.
They’re due back in court Sept. 9, 2020.
Additional charges are possible, as the District Attorney’s office reviews the case.
Authorities are still working to secure an arrest warrant for Clarence Rider III. Anyone with information is asked to contact 474-9591.