ORONO, Maine — Police say a Bangor man who recently purchased a truck used the former owner’s registration as identification when he was stopped by police in both Bangor and Orono. He now faces two counts of aggravated forgery and other charges.
Cody Fairless, 21, was seen driving the truck with a passenger on Main Street in Orono on May 27 by Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing, who noticed they weren’t wearing seat belts and pulled them over.
Fairless handed Ewing a ticket issued May 16 by Bangor Police Department for driving without insurance, the truck’s registration and some pay stubs, all of which listed the former owner’s name.
“The pay stubs were from the Coach House in Brewer so I called the restaurant and the man who he said he was was working,” Ewing said.
Fairless, who had already signed the seat belt ticket using the other man’s name, was then charged with felony aggravated forgery, as well as operating an unregistered vehicle and operating after suspension.
“Once he signed that [ticket] it’s an aggravated forgery,” Ewing said.
In the back of the truck Fairless was driving were some old railroad rails, brackets and spikes, all of which were deemed stolen by Lt. Tim Falvey of the Boston and Maine Railroad Police. He charged Fairless with theft.
“We also contacted Bangor, so he got a second charge of aggravated forgery” because he signed the May 16 ticket using the false name, Ewing said.
Fairless was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Wednesday.
His passenger, Andrew McLaughlin, was given a ticket for the seat belt violation.
If convicted of either aggravated forgery, Fairless could face a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)