Woman who reported she was chained to chimney found drunk, police say

Posted Feb. 17, 2012, at 7:20 p.m.

EDDINGTON, Maine — A Brewer woman called 911 last week saying she was chained to a chimney in a basement and then hung up her cellphone, Maine State Police Trooper Tucker Bonnevie said Friday.

Police say they later found her drunk in a tanning bed.

“A female caller stated she had been chained in the basement and she said she didn’t know who” had put her there, the trooper said. “She sounded very intoxicated. She also said whoever had chained her up was giving her alcohol and then they hung up.”

Police got the emergency call at around 9:40 p.m. Feb. 6 and traced the cellphone’s signal to a cellphone tower on Riverside Drive in Eddington.

Bonnevie began walking the roadway and eventually found a Land Rover registered to the 40-year-old caller parked in a driveway of a 51-year-old man who has a long history of police involvement, the trooper said.

By this time Troopers Jonah O’Roak and Forrest Simpson, as well as state police Sgt. Scott Hamilton, had arrived to assist. Repeated attempts to contact those inside the building went ignored.

“Eventually, a light came on,” Bonnevie said. “A couple minutes after the light came on a gentleman did come out. He appeared to be intoxicated.”

He was placed in handcuffs and a search of the house was conducted.

“We found the female face down in a tanning bed,” Bonnevie said. “She was not chained. She was not locked like what was reported. She was, in fact, intoxicated.”

Troopers were “expecting the worst” and found two heavily intoxicated people.

No arrests were made.

The tanning bed was not turned on, but the woman did go to an area hospital later in the day to be treated for a burn.

“I’m assuming it was from the tanning bed,” Bonnevie said.

The trooper described the call as very unique.

“It was definitely one of the weirdest calls that I have been to,” the trooper said.

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