June 25, 2018
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Newport woman charged after driving into telephone pole in Lincolnville

Waldo County Jail | BDN
Waldo County Jail | BDN
Martinique Merrill
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — A woman who drove into a telephone pole Friday night across from a house where the occupants had called police to get her to leave was arrested and charged with operating under the influence.

Police received a call at 7:05 p.m. reporting that Martinique Merrill, 34, of Newport was “making problems” at a residence, and the occupants wanted her out, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Police Department.

Merrill left, but then returned later in the evening, Trafton said.

Police returning to check on the situation at a little before 10 p.m. found her on the road near the house, in a pickup truck that had struck a telephone pole. She apparently didn’t have permission to use the truck, Trafton said, and officers “smelled alcohol on her.”

When police placed her under arrest and tried to take her away in the cruiser, Merrill reportedly kept kicking the inside of the car and was placed in leg restraints.

They brought her to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast to be evaluated, and she continued to struggle against officials, Trafton said.
Then, when Merrill was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast, she was again placed in restraints.

The accident report was not yet available, he said.

She was charged with aggravated operating after revocation, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, driving to endanger and operating under the influence with three priors, Trafton said.

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