BELFAST, Maine — A man who reportedly lost some trash and other items out of the back of his pickup truck while “doing donuts” on a Belfast road earlier this month was issued a civil citation for littering this week.
Loring S. Ripley, 21, of Northport, allegedly left some empty beer cans and bags of garbage behind him on Jan. 11 while he was driving around in tight circles leaving tire marks on the pavement on Perkins Road.
But it was a different man, who is not being identified because he has not been charged with a crime, who initially was suspected. When crews from the Belfast Public Works Department cleaned up the mess, they noticed the other man’s name on some of the papers from the bags of trash, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department.
That same man had applied for a job with the public works department, and when he called to inquire about his application, they told him that some of his papers had been found in a heap of abandoned garbage and he was suspected to be responsible.
So that man came in and showed officials a Facebook posting allegedly made by Ripley that had been put up the day that the garbage was found.
“Awkward moment — when you lose two fenders and a grill out of the bed doing donuts,” the post read.
According to police, the man and Ripley used to be roommates, and the job applicant didn’t want to be wrongly accused of the littering.
Ripley is slated to appear in Belfast District Court on March 19.