BANGOR, Maine — An off-duty police officer stopped a woman on Halloween night who was driving erratically with her 7-year-old grandson in the front seat and a semi-automatic weapon in the backseat, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Cynthia Faulkner, 48, of Alton was pulled over near the Bangor end of Interstate 395 at about 5 p.m. and originally gave Officer Mike Brennan a fake last name, Edwards said.
“She appeared under the influence,” the sergeant said. “She was acting just odd.”
Faulkner, who is a convicted felon and who was driving with a suspended driver’s license, was arrested and charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child and operating a motor vehicle after habitual revocation, as well as misdemeanor operating under the influence, Edwards said.
After Faulkner’s grandson and two large dogs were removed from her vehicle, Sgt. Bob Bishop noticed a .30-caliber semi-automatic M1 carbine rifle in the backseat under a blanket, the sergeant said.
“Unfortunately for her, she’s a felon,” Edwards said. Because of that, she also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Faulkner was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and later released, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)