June 22, 2018
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Bangor police arrest Winterport woman for driving with suspended license

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Winterport woman who was charged earlier this year with leaving her toddler at home watching television while she ran to the store was arrested in Bangor early Tuesday for operating after suspension, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

“She had no clue she was suspended,” the sergeant said of Rachel Gardner, 26.

Officer Richard Polk noticed Gardner driving around 4:05 a.m. and knew she had a suspended license and pulled her over, Edwards said.

Gardner was out on bail for an arrest “back on Sept. 16 for possession of drugs and another bail violation,” the sergeant said, adding he did not know why she was on bail in September.

Gardner was charged Monday with violating her bail conditions again and for driving after suspension.

She was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday, a jail official said.

Gardner was charged with child endangerment in March after a Waldo County sheriff’s deputy went to her home to serve her with a subpoena and found her child watching television with no one else at home, Waldo County Chief Deputy Robert Keating said at the time.

That charge later was dismissed in court, according to court listings for June 20-July 15, 2011, printed in the Midcoast Beacon in September.

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