ORONO, Maine — An Orono police officer arrested a local man Wednesday morning after receiving several tips that he was driving when he shouldn’t have been.
Justin Malloch, 29, is charged with driving without a license and violating the conditions of a prior unrelated arrest, Orono police Sgt. Scott LaJoie said Wednesday night, citing an arrest report.
Malloch, who was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest, has been released on bail, a jail official confirmed.
LaJoie said Orono police had been on the lookout for Malloch and his black Nissan Maxima after receiving several tips that he was driving illegally.
Orono police Officer Sarah Exley followed up on those tips on Tuesday, when she went to his home in a mobile home park off Forest Avenue. Neither Malloch nor his car were there at the time and a search of the area failed to turn up the suspect, LaJoie said.
On Wednesday, Exley made another attempt to catch him, LaJoie said. The officer parked her police car in a spot where she could see traffic in and out of the mobile home park without being seen and shortly before 10:30 a.m. spotted Malloch behind the wheel.
“He said he had never had a license,” LaJoie said. Despite that, Malloch had amassed fines for motor vehicle violations.
Besides prior arrests on warrants for unpaid fines, Malloch was arrested in December 2010 after he reportedly shoplifted items from Rite Aid on Union Street, fled the store, tried to hide the stolen goods and then pushed the Bangor police officer who was arresting him, according to a police beat item from the Bangor Daily News archives.
At that time, he was charged with theft and failure to submit to arrest for four outstanding warrants.