June 21, 2018
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Police arrest habitual driving offender

A Newport man who has so many traffic convictions that the state took away his driver’s license was arrested Tuesday in Bangor after he drove a pickup truck into the back of another vehicle on Interstate 95 and then attempted to leave the accident scene, according to Bangor police.

Jeremy Burrill, 27, was charged with operating after revocation, leaving the scene of an injury accident and violation of his conditions of release, Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

He was arrested at around 10 a.m. in the parking lot of a Broadway Avenue convenience store, where police found him and the other driver arguing over the collision. During the police investigation it was discovered Burrill had no license and had two operating under the influence convictions in the last decade, Edwards said.

“He had such a record he was labeled a habitual offender,” the sergeant said. “He knew if he were to drive it would be a felony.”

After his arrest, Burrill was taken to Penobscot County Jail where he remained Thursday night, a jail official said.

If convicted of the Class C felony, Burrill faces up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

“The minimum fine is $1,000 and the minimum term of imprisonment is nine months, plus one day” for operating after revocation, Edwards said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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The Penobscot Bridge between Bangor and Brewer closed at around 12:20 p.m. Thursday because of traffic problems caused when nearby railroad crossing lights malfunctioned.

The span reopened about two hours later after a representative from Pan Am Railways, formerly Guilford Rail, arrived at the scene to correct the problem.

The bridge was closed because the “train lights are stuck on and they control the traffic lights in the area,” a Penobscot Regional Communication Center dispatcher said at the time of the closure.

Brewer police diverted traffic to the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge or the Veterans Memorial Bridge and officers could be seen directing traffic on the bridge and on South Main Street. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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