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Woman accused of OUI after rear-ending tractor-trailer

Posted Sept. 14, 2012, at 5:51 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A Monroe woman was arrested for operating under the influence when she was found to have drugs in her system after an early-morning accident Friday, according to police.

Hampden police had originally received a complaint just before 9 a.m. Friday that a pickup truck was operating erratically, according to Sgt. Michael Burgess of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

Before Hampden officers could find the vehicle — driven by Sarah Brown, 32, of Monroe — she had turned onto Coldbrook Road from Main Road, Burgess said, and wound up behind a Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by George Parker, 30, of Winterport.

Brown’s pickup rear-ended Parker’s rig at the intersection of Coldbrook and Odlin roads, according to Burgess.

“She was showing signs of being under the influence of some type of substance,” said Burgess.

Burgess and Hampden police Officer Joe Small, who provided backup, didn’t think Brown had alcohol in her system, but she did admit to taking prescription drugs earlier in the morning, the sergeant said.

She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating under the influence, Burgess said. Brown was taken to the Bangor police station, where Lt. Steve Pelletier conducted more tests and came to the same conclusion that Brown was intoxicated.

She was booked into the Penobscot County Jail, where she remained Friday afternoon. She and Parker weren’t injured, but Brown’s pickup had some front-end damage, Burgess said.

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