May 21, 2018
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Augusta man arrested after allegedly snorting substance in McDonald’s bathroom

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WINSLOW, Maine — An Augusta man who police say was behaving suspiciously at a local fast food establishment is facing drug charges.

Derek Gauthier, 33, was allegedly snorting an undisclosed substance in the bathroom at McDonald’s on Tuesday, according to Winslow police Chief Jeff Felanson.

After police were called, Gauthier drove across the street to a Cumberland Farms, where police spotted him inside the store, Felanson said.

When officers asked to search Gauthier, he was cooperative and admitted he had a needle and a spoon in his pocket, the chief said.

Gauthier was arrested and charged with possession of scheduled drugs for the residue on the spoon, operating a vehicle after his license was suspended, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia for the spoon and needle, Felanson said.

Gauthier was taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta where he remains pending a court appearance.

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