Some lights take forever, especially if you pass out
OLD TOWN – When an officer can make an OUI arrest on foot, maybe one should consider not driving.
On June 19 around 1:46 a.m., Officer Jamie Slauenwhite was on foot patrol when another citizen alerted him to a man who was allegedly passed out in his car on Main Street. The witness told police that the car had sat through several light intervals at the intersections.
The officer approached the vehicle and saw the driver slumped over the steering wheel. The car was running and the driver’s foot was on the brake. Slauenwhite tried several times to rouse the man unsuccessfully, so he opened the door, put the car in park and removed the keys. During this time, the traffic light went through several more cycles. The officer called EMS, but was able to finally wake the unconscious driver, later identified as Joseph Barker, 35, of Bradley, who stared blankly at the officer before he began responding to questions, according to police.
When asked how much he had to drink, Barker reportedly replied, “probably too many.” Slauenwhite noted that the driver appeared unsteady on his feet. He administered field sobriety tests and Barker did not pass to the officer’s satisfaction, so he was placed under arrest. An inventory search of his car turned up a marijuana pipe.
While waiting to take the Intoxilyzer at the Old Town Police Department, Barker reportedly asked Slauenwhite the reason he pulled him over. The officer explained that he hadn’t pulled him over. Barker’s breath alcohol level was 0.13 percent, according to police.
Barker was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence, operating after suspension and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
Not passing inspection
ORONO – Attaching false plates when you have an expired inspection sticker and no license doesn’t end well.
On June 18, around 3 p.m., Officer Stephen Marko was on patrol when he observed a vehicle with an inspection sticker that expired in April. He stopped the car and spoke to the driver, who was identified as Daniel Joubert, 22, of Orono.
Joubert did not have a license. The officer noted that the plates did not match the vehicle they were attached to when he ran them through his computer. Joubert said that he was in the process of officially transferring the plates to this vehicle.
Joubert was summoned for operating without a license and attaching false plates. He was issued a warning for his inspection sticker.
Man sets residence on fire
LUBEC – An area man was arrestedin Lubec for reportedly setting fire to a residence.
Tpr. Staci Carpenter charged Matthew Locke, 23, with violation of bail, violation of a protection order, and operating after suspension after he went to a residence on Main St. in Lubec and set it on fire.
The fire was eventually put out after causing minor damage. Marine Patrol Officer Russell Wright located Locke driving on Rt. 189 in Lubec and placed him under arrest.
The Fire Marshall’s Office also responded and will likely be charging Locke with Arson.
Is this yours?
ORONO – Police were able to put the pieces together, quite literally, for an OUI early Saturday morning.
On June 19, around 1 a.m., an employee and a customer of the Circle K on Main Street called authorities to report that a possible drunk driver had struck the curb while entering the parking lot. The driver entered the store, but had left before Officer Chris Watson arrived. The witnesses were able to provide the officer with the license plate of the vehicle. He also found a large piece of molding from the vehicle near the curb.
Watson located the vehicle on Broadway and was able to match the pieces with damage to the car. Cameron Salisbury, 21, of Farmington, was identified as the driver and was not able to pass field sobriety tests to the officer’s satisfaction.
He was taken to the Orono Police Station for an Intoxilyzer test and was found to be over the legal limit. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence.