AG’s Office Investigating Clinton Police Officer after Alleged Incident 

The Maine Attorney General’s office is investigating a case in which a Clinton police officer shot out the tires of a moving vehicle. Attorney General spokeswoman Nicole Sacre says the investigation is standard whenever a police officer uses deadly force. According to court documents Jeffrey Belanger of the Clinton Police department and another officer attempted to approach 30-year old Jessica Rood’s vehicle on Monday around 4:20pm. Court papers indicate that the officers had reason to believe Rood was suicidal and may have been driving under the influence. Documents say that Belanger shot the tires of Rood’s car when the woman allegedly would not stop her vehicle, which was reportedly moving toward Officer Belanger. Belanger states in the court affidavit that he shot the tires out when the vehicle was approximately two-feet from him in an effort to disable it. Police say Rood then drove off. Police say Rood, who is from Clinton was arrested following the incident. Rood’s blood alcohol level was tested hours later at a nearby hospital according to police. It was .05 according to court documents. Rood is charged with driving to endanger and refusal to submit to arrest. She is expected to appear in Waterville District court Wednesday afternoon via video from the Kennebec County Jail.