Drunk Bangor cabbie steals another driver’s taxi, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted July 02, 2012, at 9:17 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An intoxicated cabdriver out drinking early Monday went for a joyride in a taxi belonging to another driver that he found parked near a downtown bar, according to police.

Lawrence Stinson, 59, of Bangor was seen by eyewitnesses just before 1 a.m. driving down Main Street without the cab’s headlights on, “hanging half in and outside the cab,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a news release.

“Initially the witnesses thought he was having a medical issue,” Edwards said.

Stinson apparently crashed the cab on the State Street Bridge and then tried to reverse the vehicle, hitting the guardrail, according to Edwards. He reportedly was picked up by another cab and given a ride home, the sergeant said.

Officer Kim Donnell found the cab empty on the bridge and also discovered a sneaker and bloody sock under the front driver’s side tire.

While Donnell was taking statements, another cabdriver arrived and reported the car stolen.

The cabdriver said “she locked the cab (windows were rolled down), walked into the bar to find her cab fare, and when she came out, the cab was gone,” the release stated. “Mr. Stinson was located at his residence and brought to the police station for an Intoxilyzer test.”

Stinson was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His license to drive a taxi also may be suspended if Police Chief Chief Ron Gastia decides to forward a complaint to the City Council asking for a formal hearing, according to Edwards.

Stinson was taken to a local hospital emergency room to receive treatment for his injured foot.

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