Taxi driver pulls gun on Waterville public works worker, police say

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WATERVILLE – A taxi driver faces up to five years in prison after police say they fired a handgun at a Waterville public works worker who twice told him not to remove barricades from the road during Saturday’s blizzard.

Alfred Gervais, 63, of Waterville was driving a taxi on Water Street in the south of the city at around 10 p.m. during the northeast when he encountered barricades in the road that public works workers had placed to help clear up a car accident, according to Deputy Chief Bill Bonney of the Waterville Police Department.

Bonney said Monday that public works workers blocked off Water Street in the King Street area to help protect workers cleaning up after the crash, and Gervais moved the barricades twice.

“The second time he did it, he was hit with public works for not doing it,” Bonney said. “They had a confrontation and the taxi driver pulled a handgun from its holster and indicated his willingness to use that weapon.”

Bonney said the altercation was oral. A public works employee called the police, who then tracked Gervais to upper Main Street.

“We have located Mr. Gervais and he has been arrested and charged with reckless driving with a dangerous weapon, Class C,” Bonney said. “He was arrested without incident. He was picked up straight from the police station.

Gervais is due in court on April 25 at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, according to Bonney.

A Class C felony carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, according to Maine law.

Bonney said Gervais did not need a license for the gun.

Bonney declined to name the worker who confronted Gervais when the gun was allegedly exposed.

“We wouldn’t identify the victims in cases like this,” Bonney said.

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