June 24, 2018
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Hermon man charged with drunk driving after allegedly crashing into ditch

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — A local man whose blood-alcohol level was “almost three times over the legal limit” was charged Monday night with drunken driving after he crashed his pickup truck, Sgt. Mike Burgess of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

“It was a traffic accident that resulted in an OUI [charge],” the sergeant said.

Arnold Getchell, 62, was traveling on the York Road at 5:51 p.m. and ran off the roadway, getting his Chevy pickup truck stuck in the ditch, Burgess said as he read from the report filed by Penobscot County Deputy Jay Hallett.

The officer noted that Getchell was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and failed a field sobriety test, Burgess said. Getchell was given an Intoxilyzer test that showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.23. The state’s legal limit is 0.08.

Getchell, who has no criminal history, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and taken to Penobscot County Jail. He later was released, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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