ORONO – A college student was reportedly treed after police found him dragging his buddy through a park late at night. Alcohol may have been a factor.
On Dec. 10, Officer Jason Zalva was called to Webster Park where a caller reported two men dragging a third person. He located the trio in the park, and when he illuminated them with his spotlight, one of the men took off running. The other conscious man also attempted to run, but fell shortly thereafter.
He radioed to Officer Wilfred King, who was in the area. He saw the man, who was later identified as Zachary Emond, 19, of Orono, running across the bridge. He activated his blue lights and followed him until Emond fled into the woods, ignoring King’s order’s to stop.
Old Town Police Officer Jim Fearon arrived with his K9 Pumba and Officer Brian Sirois from Veazie Police also arrived to assist. Pumba led the officers to the base of a tree. When they looked up they saw Emond in the tree.
King ordered him down from the tree, and noted a strong odor of alcohol when they spoke to him. Emond told officers that he and his friend were taking their other inebriated friend home. He was summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and refusal to submit to arrest or detention.
Rescue was called for the unconscious male who was transported to the hospital to be treated for consuming excessive alcohol.
Man charged in burglary
BANGOR/DEDHAM – A Bangor man was arrested and is facing felony charges related to a burglary that occurred in Dedham.
On Dec. 1, Trooper Greg Mitchell requested and received an arrest warrant for Joseph Sites of Bangor. Sites was later arrested in Bangor on the arrest warrant, which was based on a class B burglary and class C theft. Over $5,000 worth of jewelry was recovered as well.
The investigation stems from a burglary in Dedham that was reported on Nov. 22.
Failing to negotiate a straightaway
ORONO – A University student was taken to jail for allegedly driving under the influence.
On Dec. 10, Officer David Silk was on patrol on College Avenue when he observed a vehicle swerve several times into the breakdown lane and at one point cross over the center line.
He stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Tyler Patzelek, 21, of Orono, and noted possible signs of intoxication. After the officer administered field sobriety tests, he placed Patzelek under arrest for operating under the influence. He was ultimately taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with the offence.
TRESCOTT – A Lubec man is facing charges related to tools that were reportedly stolen in Trescott.
On Dec. 4, Trooper Andrew Foss summoned Dale Arrington of Lubec for burglary in reference to a burglary complaint in Trescott where tools were stolen from a residence. All stolen items were also recovered.
A new low
MARIAVILLE – Police were called to a residence because someone was burglarizing the house of someone who was recently deceased.
On Dec. 6 Trooper Cliff Peterson investigated a burglary complaint in Mariaville. The complainant reported that the lights were on inside a residence belonging to a deceased person. A window had also been broken. The investigation disclosed that the copper piping had been taken from inside.
Litterbug helps bust drunk driver
BREWER – A litterbug was a factor in getting a possible intoxicated driver off the road.
On Dec. 10, Officer Ed Benjamin was patrolling on South Main Street when he stopped an erratic vehicle. The passenger flicking a cigarette out of the window also contributed to the stop.
The officer determined that the driver, Rhoda Bouchard, 56, of Bangor, was possibly intoxicated and administered field sobriety tests. She did not pass to the officer’s satisfaction and was arrested for operating under the influence.