Woman with suspended license accused of stealing car

Posted Feb. 07, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman who has a suspended driver’s license for a prior operating under the influence charge was arrested Saturday night after she had a few drinks and took off in a car that was left running to keep it warm, Bangor Sgt. Paul Edwards said on Monday.

Brandi Warman, 23, who is listed as a transient but who has a lengthy criminal history in the area, was driving the stolen car on State Street around 8 p.m. when Officer Brian Smith, who was heading to a family fight call at the location from which Warman took the vehicle, noticed her.

Warman reportedly turned on Hancock Street and was able to run into an apartment before Smith caught up with her. When police took her into custody “they could smell alcohol on her,” Edwards said.

Once she was in handcuffs, Warman became combative and was extremely uncooperative, the sergeant said.

She was arrested for refusing to submit to arrest, operating under the influence, violating bail conditions that bar her from drinking, operating with a suspended license, unauthorized use of a vehicle and felony theft by unauthorized taking.

Warman also had four outstanding warrants, Edwards said.

After her arrest Warman was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Monday night, a jail official said. If convicted of the felony theft, Warman could face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Warman has convictions in the last year for violating condition of release, operating a vehicle while under influence of intoxicants, failing to notify police of a motor vehicle accident and theft by unauthorized taking, according to court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News.

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