May 27, 2018
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Woman arrested after gun found in vehicle in Orono, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A Bangor woman was arrested Monday afternoon after police said they discovered she had a firearm in the vehicle she was driving.

Rachel Doughty, 35, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, according to Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing. He said a passenger in the car, David Harris, 30, of Bangor, was issued a summons for possession of “a very small amount” of marijuana. A third person in the vehicle, a man, was not charged.

Officer Dan Merrill pulled Doughty over on Park Street for an outdated inspection sticker, and based on the passengers’ actions, he suspected there were drugs in the car, Ewing said.

A state police K-9 unit was called in to investigate, Ewing said, and after the dog indicated there was contraband in the car, it was searched.

“During the search, in the glove box was a loaded 9 millimeter [handgun],” Ewing said. “Because of the concealed weapon, the driver was arrested based on the investigation that she was in control of the vehicle.”

Doughty was taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where she remained Tuesday morning. The weapon was seized by police.

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