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Police beat for April 15

April 5 – 11:00 p.m.

Officer Morse of Orono Police Department (OPD) received a report of a car in a ditch on Kelly Road in Orono. Somebody called in and said that they had witnessed the car drive off the road after making a wide turn getting off the interstate. Morse responded and interviewed three individuals at the scene and the witness. He discovered that the driver was a female, 22, and that there had been another male and female in the car. The driver said that they had been coming from a sports bar in Bangor, and Morse believed that she was highly intoxicated. This prompted him to have her perform a field sobriety test which she failed. She was transported to the hospital to get medical clearance and was charged with operating under the influence (OUI). Her court date is May 23.

April 6 – 12:43 a.m.

A University of Maine Police Department (UMPD) officer walking on the third floor of Knox Hall could smell marijuana coming from one of the rooms. The officer knocked on the door of a male student, 19, and discovered he had — in addition to marijuana — alcohol and drug paraphernalia. The student was only charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

April 6 – 11:00 p.m.

Officer Oko was working an OUI detail when other officers at Dryden Terrace called and requested his help. OPD had gotten a complaint of disorderly conduct because two individuals were shouting at each other in a car. Officers had reason to believe the male in the car, 20, had just driven to Dryden Terrace and had been drinking, according to the report. He admitted to drinking wine earlier in the night. Oko arrested him and did a sobriety test at the station which he failed.

April 7 – 12:17 a.m.

UMPD received a complaint of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance on the second floor of Gannett Hall. Officers arrived and identified the male, 18, a student at UMaine. They also found out that he had been previously arrested and was out on bail conditions. As part of the conditions, he was not supposed to consume alcohol, which officers determined he had done earlier in the night. The male was arrested for violation of bail conditions, taken to Penobscot County Jail and summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

April 10  – 2:00 a.m.

Officer Oko was on patrol when he saw a car with a dangerous amount of snow and ice on its roof. Oko also noticed the car lacked a valid inspection sticker. Oko pulled the car over and spoke with the driver who Oko confirmed had not been drinking. He could smell alcohol in the car and was checking to make sure everyone was of age when he realized one of the passengers, 19, was out on bail. As part of the male’s bail conditions, he was not to consume or possess any alcohol, but Oko determined that he had been drinking earlier in the night. He was brought back to the station where an sobriety test indicated he did indeed have alcohol in his system. Oko summoned him for violation of bail conditions. His court date is May 23.

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