May 26, 2018
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Dexter woman charged with OUI after allegedly hitting two police cars

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Dexter woman was charged with drunken driving after she hit a parked unmarked police car and then a second police vehicle just 25 minutes after Barnaby’s bar closed early Thursday morning, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Amanda Wirrell, 24, was charged with operating under the influence after she hit the two Bangor Police Department vehicles while backing up in the parking lot of the Odlin Road bar, the sergeant said.

After hitting Lt. Tim Reid’s unmarked car, but before officers got a chance to speak with her, Wirrell put her car into reverse and backed into the second police vehicle while officers nearby yelled at her to stop and Reid honked his horn twice to no avail, Edwards said.

Reid, who leads the detective division and was working a security detail at Barnaby’s, initially was told a vehicle had been hit in the parking lot about 1:25 a.m. He went outside and discovered it was his unmarked police car that had been hit, Edwards said.

The bumper of Reid’s car had a dent in it and there was snow transfer, the sergeant said.

Reid got inside his car and was speaking to Officer Joe Baillargeon and Sgt. Larry Weber, who had arrived to handle the accident, when Wirrell backed into Weber’s command vehicle, Edwards said. There was no damage to either city vehicle.

Wirrell appeared to be intoxicated and was taken to the police station and given an Intoxilyzer test. Her blood alcohol level exceeded the state’s legal limit of 0.08, and she was charged and then released, Edwards said.

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