POLICE BEAT

Portland man urinates on street during field sobriety test, faces charges

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 4:17 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man who had to use the bathroom during a field sobriety test Monday is facing charges after using Cumberland Avenue as a toilet, police said.

Remus Opi had struck a fire hydrant on Locust Street, backed up and tried to drive away, but his car broke down on Cumberland Avenue, according to Portland police Lt. Scott Pelletier.

Opi continued to attempt to restart his vehicle even after it broke down, but had no success, Pelletier said. Police already were on their way at this point, as an alert witness had called 911.

When officers arrived, they could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Opi and ordered him to take field sobriety tests. Opi, who spoke broken English, desperately had to relieve himself right on the street while police were explaining the tests to him.

“He just unzipped his pants and started peeing right there on the street,” Pelletier said.

Police arrested Opi and charged him with operating under the influence and indecent conduct and booked him into the Cumberland County Jail.

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