OLD TOWN, Maine — An Old Town man was arrested after police said they found him drinking with a teenage girl last weekend.
Old Town police Officer Lee Miller said he was dispatched to Main Street around 3:45 p.m. Saturday, and when he arrived, he saw Jon Manning Wood, 44, and a teenage girl on a small island near the Penobscot River dam.
When Miller went across the river to investigate, he said he he saw another Old Town man, Dan Lilley, 46, lying on the ground passed out.
Wood, however, wasn’t ready to give up his alcohol quite yet.
“Jon was still drinking. He tried to hand me a beer,” said Miller.
When Miller interviewed the teenager, she confided that she had been drinking and that the two men had given her alcohol, and that Wood wouldn’t let her leave.
“She told me she tried to leave several times and he had grabbed her by the arm and told her she didn’t need to go anywhere,” Miller explained.
The two men had tried to coax another teenage girl — a friend of the first girl — to join them, but she thought better of it, according to Miller.
“She decided it probably wasn’t the best idea, so she took off,” said Miller.
Lilley was so intoxicated that an ambulance had to be called for him, Miller said. Firefighters and police had to scramble over rocks to navigate the river and reach the trio.
“The fire department had to go through the water with Lilley because he was so drunk,” said Miller.
When everyone finally reached the mainland, Wood was arrested and charged with furnishing liquor to a minor and criminal restraint, both Class D misdemeanors, while Lilley was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment and released. He was later charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor but was not arrested.
Wood was booked into the Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail. The teenager wasn’t injured. (Ryan McLaughlin, BDN)