June 24, 2018
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Boat check leads to charges of OUI

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Coast Guard safety checks early Sunday morning of two vessels leaving the harbor resulted in a Florida man being charged with driving a boat while intoxicated, according to police.

Ashley J. Longmaid, 32, of Jupiter, Fla., and Spectacle Island in Winter Harbor was arrested around 2 a.m. on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, Bar Harbor police Officer Tim Bland said Monday. Longmaid failed field sobriety tests and after refusing to take a blood alcohol test, was taken to Hancock County Jail and later released on unspecified bail.

About half an hour earlier, a boat carrying 23 people was detained by the Coast Guard but was allowed to proceed after officials determined the vessel and its passengers were in compliance with the law. Longmaid and his female passenger were not part of the group on the other boat, according to Bland.

Bland said the larger group of mostly rowdy people had prompted complaints from businesses in Bar Harbor earlier in the evening as they traveled from one bar to the next, but none of the complaints led to any charges.

The group, made up of people from several western Washington County towns, eventually boarded a boat at the municipal pier for the return trip Down East but was stopped by the Coast Guard for a safety check, Bland said. The boat’s driver was a pregnant woman who had not been drinking and so the boat was allowed to proceed, he said.

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