Transient couple on bath salts in custody after traffic stop

Posted Sept. 05, 2012, at 10:31 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A man whose driver’s license had been suspended and his female passenger, who was out on bail after being charged with OUI and driving without a license, went directly back to jail Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Wood, 33, was pulled over near the old Bangor YMCA building on Hammond Street at 3:24 p.m. Wednesday after officers Steve Pelletier and Brian Smith noticed a smashed front windshield on the 2001 black, four-door Audi sedan he was driving.

Neither Wood nor Ashley Awalt, 22, who was in the front passenger seat, had valid driver’s licenses. Neither had permanent addresses either, although Awalt’s legal address is listed as Old Town on her auto registration form.

The Bangor officers found that Wood and Awalt had much more in common when, while searching the car, they found that both appeared to be under the influence — and in possession — of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs also known as bath salts.

Awalt, who admitted to the officers that there were syringes or needles in the car when asked, was out on bail after being charged with operating without a license and operating under the influence.

“Both Wood and Awalt appeared to have been using bath salts, according to the arrest report,” said Sgt. Tom Reagan.

They also were both in possession of bath salts, which violated Awalt’s bail conditions and resulted in Wood receiving a felony charge due to a prior drug charge.

Wood also was charged with operating after suspension, as his license had been revoked.

Both Wood and Awalt spent the night at Penobscot County Jail. Wood was being held on $250 bail and Awalt was ineligible for bail. They both are scheduled to make a court appearance Friday at Penobscot Judicial Center.

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