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Brewer police arrest cabdriver on OAS, drug charges

Posted April 07, 2011, at 8:05 p.m.

A Holden man was arrested late Wednesday night after a Brewer police officer reportedly spotted him driving a taxicab without a valid Maine driver’s license.

Roderick Ronco, 41, was charged with operating after suspension of his driver’s license and possession of a scheduled drug, namely cocaine, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Thursday. Ronco also was charged with violating his bail conditions, Moffitt said.

According to police reports, Ronco was driving a cab shortly before 11:30 p.m. when Brewer police Officer Liz Kelley pulled him over on State Street, just before the Penobscot Bridge, Moffitt said. He said Kelley recognized Ronco and was aware that his license was under suspension and that he had bail conditions from a recent unrelated incident.

During a search of the taxi, police found a black bag containing a “toot” straw and an eyeglass case, both of which bore white, powdery residue that field-tested positive for cocaine, Moffitt said.

In addition, police found a small bottle on Ronco’s person containing more residue that also tested positive for cocaine, Moffitt said.

Ronco remained at Penobscot County Jail on Thursday night pending a court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center set for Friday, a jail official confirmed.

After Ronco’s arrest, a legal driver was called in to pick up the taxicab, Moffitt said. The name of the taxi company Ronco was driving for was not immediately available. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

Brewer police arrested a Bangor man after they received a report early Thursday morning that a possibly intoxicated driver had nearly struck someone and had yelled at someone in the parking lot of a State Street convenience store.

Though John Campbell, 34, reportedly denied he had been in an altercation when Brewer police Officer Amy Nickerson caught up with him shortly before 2:30 a.m., a passenger in Campbell’s vehicle told police otherwise, Capt. Jason Moffitt said late Thursday afternoon.

Moffitt said that Campbell was arrested on a drunken driving charge after Nickerson pulled him over at another convenience store, this one on North Main Street, and he flunked field sobriety tests. He since has been released on bail, a Penobscot County Jail official confirmed Thursday evening. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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