Otis man arrested after allegedly getting drunk outside Ellsworth nursing home

Posted Oct. 16, 2012, at 7:54 p.m.
Benjamin Foster
Hancock County Jail
Benjamin Foster

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Otis man just couldn’t take the hint after repeated run-ins with police about drinking in public Monday, police said, and is in jail without bail awaiting a court appearance Wednesday.

Ellsworth Police Officer Kelvin Mote first responded in the early afternoon to a call of a man walking down High Street — Ellsworth’s busiest throughway — drinking a bottle of Budweiser in plain view. He warned the man, Benjamin Foster, 30, of Otis, and sent him on his way.

A short time later, around 4:10 p.m., Mote said he caught up with Foster again on Oak Street. He was still drinking, Mote said, so the officer issued Foster a summons for drinking in public.

Police were called again around 6:30 p.m., this time by Collier’s Nursing Home on Birch Avenue.

“We got a call from Collier’s about a suspicious man hanging around out back, seeming drunk,” Mote said Tuesday. Employees said they had spotted Foster drinking outside the nursing home, and Foster found the man and an empty bottle.

Foster was arrested on a second charge of drinking in public and subsequently searched. Mote found a bag of marijuana on the suspect, who also was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Foster is being held at Hancock County jail without bail until his first appearance in court Wednesday.

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