June 24, 2018
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Gorham man charged for OUI in Bangor after waiting for nonexistent light

A Gorham man was arrested Thursday night for operating under the influence after he was found behind the wheel of a truck stopped in the middle of downtown Bangor traffic waiting for a nonexistent traffic light to turn green, police said Friday.

“The guy said he was waiting for the light to change, but he was parked in an area with no light,” Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said.

Christopher Pray, 24, was first noticed at 10:40 p.m. stopped near the intersection of Harlow and State streets by Maine State Police Trooper Forrest Simpson, who was on his way to the Penobscot County Jail and stopped to make sure he was OK.

Simpson called Bangor police. Officer Chris Blanchard arrived and gave Pray a field sobriety test, which he failed.

“He kept falling asleep,” Hodges said.

Pray was taken to jail on a charge of OUI and was later released, the sergeant said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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University of Maine police got a call Thursday night that there was a smell of marijuana at Androscoggin Hall and during their investigation found an underage student with open beers in his dorm room, university spokesman Joe Carr said Friday.

The officer found beer but no marijuana during the investigation, he said.

Michael Gutterman, age unknown, was charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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A 17-year-old girl from Bangor was stopped Thursday afternoon for having a headlight out and was charged after the officer found she has an “accumulation of convictions,” Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said Friday.

The teenager, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was charged with operating after suspension, he said.

“She said she didn’t know she was suspended,” Hodges said, referring to the girl’s driver’s license.

She was given the ticket and allowed to leave, the sergeant said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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