2012-07-27 / Front Page

Man Covered in Gasoline Threatened to Jump off Clark's Pond Dam

Police Shut Down Parts of Westbrook Street Including the I-295 Off Ramp
By Jack Flagler
Staf Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND - A man allegedly covered in gasoline threatened to commit suicide by jumping from the dam on Clark’s Pond near Westbrook Street on Thursday afternoon.
 
South Portland Police Lt. Frank Clark said police received a call at about 3:45 p.m. from someone in the Redbank neighborhood who said the 32-year-old male had doused himself in gasoline and had a lighter. The caller also believed the man may have had a knife.
 
When police arrived, Clark said the man fled on foot. Police chased him to the damn on Clark’s Pond. Clark said police tried to talk the man off the dam, but were unsuccessful. The department called the Cumberland County Crisis Response, and a worker from the center was able to convince the man to come down.
 
The man was sent to Maine Medical Center in Portland for a mental health evaluation. Clark said the man was covered in gasoline, but did not have a lighter or knife him on him at the time police took him into custody.
 
Westbrook Street was shut down during the afternoon from Broadway to Western Avenue, and the off-ramp from I-295 to Westbrook Street was also closed, causing traffic delays for much of the afternoon.
 
Clark said the Cape Elizabeth Fire Department, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough Police Departments, and the Maine State Police assisted South Portland police to resolve the situation.

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