Skowhegan woman had juvenile drive while she was drunk in passenger seat, police say

Posted Aug. 29, 2012, at 12:53 p.m.
Melanie Monk
Somerset County Jail
Melanie Monk

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A local woman was arrested early Saturday morning for being intoxicated while allowing a permitted juvenile to drive, according to Skowhegan Police Deputy Chief Dale Lancaster.

Skowhegan police were called to a Family Circle apartment at 1:43 a.m. Saturday to investigate a dispute between the occupants of the house and people who came to the residence. They were fighting over a male, said Lancaster.

A vehicle had left the property before police arrived. After questioning people at the apartment, police were able to find and stop the vehicle six minutes later on West Front Street.

Behind the wheel of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was a 16-year-old girl who had a driver’s permit.

In the passenger seat was Melanie Monk, 39, of Skowhegan. Monk is the mother of the juvenile’s friend.

“She appeared to be intoxicated,” Lancaster said Wednesday, adding that she tested at twice the legal alcohol limit.

Monk was arrested and charged with accompanying a motor vehicle permittee while impaired, a Class E misdemeanor.

“You cannot be intoxicated and be the licensed person overseeing the person on their [driver’s] permit,” said Lancaster.

Monk was taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison on Saturday and bailed out the same day. She is scheduled to appear in Skowhegan District Court on Nov. 21.

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