Drunken Scarborough woman drove 2 friends home before OUI arrest, police say

Posted June 29, 2012, at 12:24 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — A 22-year-old Scarborough woman told police early Friday that she was out with friends who were too drunk to drive, so she gave them a ride.

The problem is that Amy Crawford also had too much to drink, Old Town police Capt. Kyle Smart said Friday.

“Her blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit,” the police captain said.

Crawford was behind the wheel of a Ford pickup truck and driving on Brunswick Street about 2:30 a.m. Friday when she came to the attention of Officer Jim Fearon, who saw her run a stop sign at the town’s main thoroughfare.

“He estimates she was traveling around 30 mph and crossed Center Street, which is a busy street,” Smart said. “She said she wasn’t from the area and didn’t realize there was a stop sign.”

Crawford was given a field sobriety test and then an Intoxilyzer test. Smart did not release her blood alcohol results, but said they were more than double the state’s legal limit of 0.08. She was arrested for operating under the influence of intoxicants and taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

“She told the officer her two friends were too intoxicated to drive and she felt it would be better if she drove,” Smart said.

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