May 23, 2018
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Safety check on Route 1 in Aroostook leads to one arrest, nine summonses


HOULTON, Maine — During a four-hour motor vehicle safety check on Route 1 Wednesday, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department issued nine summonses and arrested one passenger on an outstanding warrant.

According to the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page, between 6 and 10 p.m. in Houlton, Littleton area deputies stopped 44 vehicles for inspection, including some for obvious violations such as a broken exhaust, bald tires and no inspection sticker or expired inspection.

One passenger, Marie Williamson, 24, of Dover-Foxcroft, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to the county jail.

Nine other summonses were issued for operating without a license or operating after suspension, violations of bail conditions and dangerous knives.

Deputies also issued warnings to 12 operators for seat belt violations, expired inspections, registrations and other miscellaneous safety violations.

Several defect cards were issued for inadequate exhaust and broken headlights.

Chief Deputy Craig Clossey said Thursday that seven deputies were involved in the safety checkpoint.

“We’ll do these four or five times a year in random locations around the county,” Clossey said. They are conducted, he said, to check motor vehicle conditions in an effort to enhance public safety on Aroostook County highways.

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