CONWAY — A Lovell, Maine, man is facing an assault charge for throwing hot coffee on a gas station employee.
Last Saturday at around 8:25 p.m., Conway Police Officer Richard Gaudreau responded to the Irving gas station in Conway Village for a report of an employee who had hot coffee thrown at him by a disgruntled customer.
According to Conway Police Lt. Chris Mattei, a male customer, later identified as Geoffrey Sungren, 61, of Lovell, Maine, was reportedly upset that the station "was out of creamer for his coffee.
"After a brief exchange of words," Sundgren threw the coffee at the male employee and left the establishment, traveling northbound on Route 16, Mattei said.
"The employee suffered burns to his neck and was treated on scene by Conway Ambulance. The employee was not transported to the hospital," he said.
Sundgren was taken into custody a short time later and charged with misdemeanor simple assault. The charge holds a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
Mattei said Sundgren went to the police department a short time after the incident and was cooperative. He was taken into custody after that.
He was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court on Nov. 6 at 8 a.m. for arraignment.
Sundgren must stay 300 feet away from the Conway Irving or the employee who was allegedly assaulted.
Sundgren has a prior conviction of simple assault from 2015.
According to court records, Sundgren pleaded no contest to punching a man in the head during an incident in East Conway in August 2014.
After Sundgren was convicted in 2015, Conway Circuit Judge James Patten levied a $1,000 fine that was suspended for a year on the condition that he get an anger management evaluation and complied with recommendations.