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Police Beat for Jan. 20 – Jan. 23

University of Maine Police Department (UMPD)

Jan. 20

10:55 p.m.

Officers responded to a complaint of an odor of marijuana on the fourth floor of Knox Hall. They found an 18-year-old student with two other students. All three were referred to conduct and one was summoned for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Jan. 21

10:38 p.m.

Resident Assistants issued a complaint of an odor of marijuana on the fourth floor of Knox Hall. UMPD officers located the room of a first-year student with a grinder and a usable amount of marijuana. The student was referred to conduct and summoned for paraphernalia.

Jan. 23

10:08 p.m.

Officers on rounds on the fourth floor of Androscoggin Hall reported a smell of marijuana. They found a 19-year-old, first-year male with a mason jar with marijuana, two bongs, a pipe, a grinder and a vaporizer. He was referred to conduct and summoned for the possession of a usable amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Orono Police Department

Jan. 19

1: 30 a.m.

A 19-year-old male was driving on Park Street going toward downtown Orono when an officer pulled him over due to the fact that he only had his parking lights on despite the late hour and the darkness. The officer asked him for his documents and reported being given his license and health insurance card. He was reportedly struggling to multitask and when he spit out his grape gum, the officer could smell alcohol on his breath. He said that he was on his way home to Pond Street, having come from a friend’s house, but since he was near the University Inn, he had missed the turn for his road, which he reportedly countered by saying he was new to town. He did a field sobriety test and allegedly did not perform well, admitting to having had a couple Natural Lights a few hours prior. He was arrested and brought to the Orono Police Department for a intoxilyzer test. When he was waiting to do the test, he allegedly burped, making the officers wait longer to issue the test. He then tried to blow around the mouthpiece, but once the test was successfully completed, his results caused him to be arrested and charged with operating under the influence and driving without a license.

Jan. 20

1:40 a.m.

Officers were on Forest Avenue doing surveillance after a house nearby had a few noise complaints from their neighbors when they saw a Jetta parked in the counselor’s driveway. The officer went to talk to a 20-year-old male from Lewiston, Maine. He allegedly said that he was picking up friends from a party down the road, but when he was asked how old he was, he said 21. As he was going through his wallet to get his license, there was a Maine license and a Connecticut ID, the latter of which was determined to be false. The officer took this fake ID and he admitted that he was not in fact 21 years old. He admitted to having a few beers back at the house. Officers tried to issue a field sobriety test, which was hindered by a reported medical condition, so officers did an alternative written and self-evaluation test. He allegedly rated himself at a two and since he was under 21, he was brought in to do an intoxilyzer test, after which he was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and driving without a license.

Jan. 22

About 11 p.m.

An 18-year old male student was driving out of the Avenue, when the car entering the driveway fishtailed and hit a snowbank, resulting in the oncoming car and the male bumping into each other. The two owners decided to go to UMPD to report this. Once they arrived at UMPD, Orono Police was called as the altercation occurred in Orono not on the university campus. Officers allegedly found beer cans in the center console and the door of the car. The male claimed they were a friend’s who was drunk, so he was driving him home. He did field sobriety at UMPD and was arrested for operating under the influence, driving without a license and illegal transportation of alcohol.

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