POLICE BEAT

Drinking teen takes tow truck for joy ride, police say

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 12:25 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 12, 2011, at 2:49 p.m.
 Thomas Augustine II
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Thomas Augustine II

ORONO, Maine — A Bangor teenager who was drinking at the Orchard Trails apartment complex on Friday night decided to take a tow truck for a joy ride and was arrested and charged with six offenses, including operating under the influence, police said.

“We got a call from dispatch that someone had stolen a Sullivan tow truck and was driving it around Orchard Trails,” Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Monday.

By the time police arrived at around 10:55 p.m. Thomas Augustine II, 19, had jumped out of the Sullivan’s Automotive Service truck and was found hiding in the woods behind one of the apartment buildings, the police captain said.

“The truck was there to tow a car and when the driver was outside of the truck, he jumped in and drove away,” Ewing said of Augustine.

Augustine was seen by eyewitnesses driving over curbs during his short joy ride, the police captain said. He was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving to endanger, operating without a license, refusing to submit to arrest, illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and OUI.

Augustine was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and was later bailed out, Ewing said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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