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Criminal Mischief (04/11/2018)

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Bangor meth lab

BANGOR – A meth lab was discovered at a Bangor apartment building last week, marking the state’s eighth methamphetamine response of 2018.  

At around 9:30 a.m. on the morning of April 4, Bangor Police responded to an apartment building located at 36 Mt Hope Avenue for a report of suspicious bags left in a hallway.  An officer arrived and observed two backpacks, a purse and some clothing lying on a third-floor hallway. There was also a bottle of muriatic acid near the bags, which is a component used in the making of meth. Police also found plastic tubing coiled up near one of the bags. 

MDEA Agents also responded and found two “one pot” methamphetamine reaction vessels still containing liquid; they then notified the MDEA lab team to respond. Team members removed the bags outside, set up their equipment and processed the items for evidence. A total of three containers were found and samples were taken for analysis. The materials were turned over to DEP for destruction. The investigation continues into those responsible and MDEA is confident the suspects will be identified. 

The Bangor Police Department, Bangor Fire Department and the Department of Environmental Protection participated

This was the eighth meth response in Maine this year. In 2017, MDEA responded to 58 meth lab sites; 2016 saw a record 126 lab sites dismantled.

High speed chase in Patten

PATTEN – A high speed chase has resulted in a Patten man facing multiple charges, including operating under the influence.

At around 5:50 p.m. on April 5, Penobscot County Sheriff Deputy Jason Matheson was on routine patrol on Rte. 11 in Patten. He attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop an older silver Ford sedan for several violations. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the vehicle failed to stop and Deputy Matheson activated his siren. The vehicle accelerated up to criminal speeds. The pursuit continued through many rural towns and ended in Island Falls when the Ford sedan spun out trying to turn onto the Belvedere Road.

The driver was identified as 58-year-old Stephen A. Tremblay of Patten. Tremblay was arrested without incident; no injuries or damage were reported. Tremblay’s vehicle was towed and a local Animal Control Officer called to assist with the k-9 that Tremblay had with him in the vehicle.

Tremblay was transported to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with the following: Eluding an Officer; Operating under the influence (OUI); Driving to endanger; Operating after suspension; Operating unregistered motor vehicle over 150 days; Criminal speed; and Reckless Conduct.

Distracted driving campaign in April

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Highway Safety today, in partnership with the other New England states, launched the first New England-wide, coordinated distracted driving education campaign to address the importance of attentive, engaged driving.

“Just Drive New England” will take place during the month of April as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and will coincide with the national enforcement mobilization. The campaign highlight is a made-for-New England TV ad featuring police from each state sharing their experiences dealing with crashes caused by driver inattention.

“Drivers in New England travel from state to state much more frequently than other parts of the country,” said Lauren Stewart, Director, Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. “This partnership allows us to team up against a problem we all face.  This is a unique opportunity to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers by reaching drivers with this coordinated campaign, backed up by enforcement and highway signage across the six states. Regardless of where you’re going, if you’re in New England, you’ll be reminded to stay focused and engaged when you’re driving.”

The Bureau of Highway Safety is providing more than $800,000 in funding to Maine law enforcement departments to enforce distracted driving laws as part of the national enforcement mobilization. Police will use crash data to focus on locations where the majority of distracted driving-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries occur.

“County, municipal and state police are first at the scene of these needless and devastating crashes. Distracted drivers put everyone around them at risk – including motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Put your phone away, focus on the road, and ‘Just Drive New England!’” said Stewart.

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