POLICE BEAT

Swanville man charged with drug-, alcohol-related crimes

Posted Oct. 20, 2011, at 9:12 p.m.
James Ford
Courtesy of Waldo County Jail
James Ford

BELFAST, Maine — A late-night liquor run Wednesday ended in a short stay at Waldo County Jail for a Swanville man charged by police with alcohol- and drug-related crimes.

James T. Ford, 34, had gone to the Lookout Bar & Grill on Front Street just before closing, according to Walter Corey, interim chief for the Belfast Police Department.

“Mr. Ford stumbled into the bar. They refused to serve him,” Corey said Thursday.

When employees saw Ford get behind the wheel of his car, they called police and gave the license plate number.

A Belfast officer stopped Ford on U.S. Route 1 near the Big Apple and charged him with driving under the influence. He allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.1 percent, above the 0.08 percent allowed under Maine law.

But Ford’s troubles didn’t stop there. When he was brought to Waldo County Jail to be booked, he didn’t tell police or prison officials that he had drugs on him, Corey said.

When they reportedly found drugs, they also charged him with unlawful possession of oxycodone, trafficking in prison contraband — which is a Class C felony crime — and possession of a usable amount of marijuana, which is a civil violation.

Ford was released Thursday morning on his personal recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Belfast District Court at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

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