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Criminal Mischief (05/15/2019)

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Principal charged with drunk driving

FARMINGTON (AP) — Police say an elementary school principal in Maine has been charged with drunken driving.

Brenda Sue Dwiggins told the Sun Journal that she issued verbal and written apologies to the school board, superintendent and community following the incident.

Police say an officer made the arrest after Friday night stopping the 61-year-old Dwiggins because of a defective headlight. The officer became suspicious that she’d been drinking and performed a field sobriety test. She’s due in court next month.

Wrong-way drive on I-95

SMYRNA (AP) — Maine State Police say a motorist drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 and managed to elude troopers until his truck ran out of gas.

Troopers say the episode unfolded Monday night on I-95 near Smyrna when a driver traveling the wrong way refused to stop. Troopers shut down part of the interstate while they tried unsuccessfully to stop the truck, which was later found on Route 11 in Ashland.

Troopers say 43-year-old David Cram of Houlton was charged with OUI, driving to endanger and reckless conduct. It’s unknown if he has a lawyer.

Over the weekend, New Hampshire State Police say a motorist drove the wrong way for 15 miles on I-293 and I-93. That driver is also charged with driving under the influence.

Law would require snow/ice car clearance

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would require drivers to clear ice and snow off their cars before hitting the road.

The proposal would prohibit people from driving at 40 mph or faster on a public road with “solid precipitation” on the vehicle. The fine would be $250 for a first offense.

A public hearing is being held Tuesday afternoon.

Supporters say it’s a public safety matter: They say motorists need to be able to see through their windshields. They also say flying chunks of ice create a hazard.

New Hampshire has had a similar law since 2002.

WCSH-TV reports that there would be no citation if a small amount of snow or ice dislodged after a motorist made an obvious attempt to clean up a vehicle. The exemption would not apply to commercial truck drivers.

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

OGUNQUIT - A Massachusetts man is facing felony charges after being stopped by the Maine State Police for motor vehicle violations.

At approximately 9 p.m. on the night May 7, a Maine State Trooper - also a member of the PACE Team - stopped a vehicle on the Maine turnpike in Ogunquit for several motor vehicle violations. The roadside investigation led to a search of the vehicle. More Troopers and PACE Team members responded to assist. As a result of the search, 12 grams of fentanyl, $10,600 cash and a loaded 9 mm handgun was located and seized.

The driver, 38-year-old Sean Anderson of Lynn, MA, is a convicted felon who is on probation in Massachusetts for an armed robbery and home invasion. Anderson is prohibited from possessing firearms; he was arrested and transported to the York County Jail in Alfred where he was booked for Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs and Class C Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. Bail was set at $15,000. The charge of criminal speed was requested to be added as well. 

K9 Team of the Year named

ELLSWORTH - Cpl. Chris Smith & K9 Winger of Troop J have been selected as the K9 Team of the year for 2018. The pair have been working together since 2013 and have many successful tracking stories over the last six years.

In 2018, Cpl. Smith & K9 Winger were certified in basic and advanced cadaver detection further proving they are a vital asset for the Maine State Police and the citizens they serve. Immediately following their cadaver certification, they got right to work on several lost persons and cold cases. Cpl. Smith also assisted the Maine Warden Service on numerous searches and quickly formed a positive interdepartmental working relationship.

Cpl. Smith is well known and respected in the K9 community and is also a K9 trainer for the K9 Unit.

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