Orono man arrested after ‘ditching’ car

Posted Feb. 18, 2010, at 11:06 p.m.

An Orono man was arrested on several charges early Thursday after Old Town police found his car in a ditch near the intersection of Bennoch Road and Young’s Lane.

Warren Rieley, 28, was charged with drunken driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to notify police of the accident by the quickest means, Old Town police Sgt. Travis Roy said Thursday. Rieley was taken to Penobscot County Jail and was released on bail later in the day.

Old Town police Officer Ryan Fitch found Rieley’s car in the ditch at about 1:30 a.m. No one was in the car or around it, but Fitch recalled having just seen pedestrians nearby and asked fellow Officer Lee Miller to find them, according to Roy.

Miller found Rieley and his passenger as they were getting into a friend’s pickup, Roy said. He said Rieley claimed his car went off the road after he swerved to avoid “something that jumped out in the road.”

After police noted Rieley’s eyes looked glazed and bloodshot, they conducted field sobriety tests, on which Rieley reportedly did poorly, Roy said. The officers then tested his blood alcohol content, which came in at 0.16, twice the legal limit, he said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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What began as a theft investigation Wednesday resulted in felony drug charges when Bangor police found 50 oxycodone tablets on the suspect, Bangor police Sgt. Bob Bishop said Thursday.

As a result, Barry Stone, 30, of Bangor now faces charges of theft, two counts of misdemeanor drug trafficking and possession of a scheduled drug, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Stone, who was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest, since has been released on bail, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

Edwards said the incident that led to the charge began about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when Officer Jason McAmbley went to Shaw’s to check out a theft report. As he arrived, he was told that the suspect, later identified as Stone, was leaving the store and wouldn’t stop for security.

McAmbley stopped Stone as the suspect was walking up the street with two bags of groceries. The officer brought Stone back to the store where the security officer told McAmbley that Stone was seen switching price tags on items in order to pay less, Edwards said.

Stone was searched, which led to the oxycodone being found and to the drug charges, Edwards said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Holden police are investigating a break-in at a nursery during which several hundred dollars in cash was taken from the office area.

The burglary at Hummingbird Hollow, at 874 Main Road, occurred sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday, when it was reported to police, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Thursday.

According to Fizell police have a suspect and are following leads. He asked anyone who might have seen unusual activity in the area or who might have information about the crime to call Holden police at 843-5442. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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