Deputy stops to help, ends up arresting driver in Springfield

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 11, 2013, at 10:05 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Maine — Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Stone thought he would be helping a stranded motorist when he spotted a car stuck in a snowbank off Route 6 around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Three hours later, however, the motorist wound up being arrested and booked at Penobscot County Jail for operating under the influence and refusing to sign a summons.

“I was traveling east on Route 6 in Springfield and saw a vehicle was off the road,” said Stone. “He was stuck in a snowbank, so I stopped.”

Stone began talking to the driver — Clifford Gravlin, 48, of Springfield — and quickly suspected he was intoxicated.

“He did poorly on field sobriety tests, so he was taken to Lincoln Police Department and his blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit,” said Stone. “He then refused to sign a summons for OUI and at that point was transported to [Penobscot County Jail].”

Stone said Gravlin continued to be disruptive and combative in the car, forcing Stone to radio for assistance, which was provided by Old Town police Officer Ryan Fitch.

“He was trying to screw up the interior of the car, kicking and thrashing around,” said Stone.

About 25 miles into the drive to Bangor, Fitch met up with Stone and helped him transfer Gravlin into Fitch’s cruiser, which was equipped with a prisoner cage around the back passenger seat. Stone’s cruiser has no such cage.

He was admitted to Penobscot County Jail at 11:37 Sunday night.

Gravlin was released on bail Monday afternoon after making his initial court appearance at Penobscot Judicial Center.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/11/news/penobscot/deputy-stops-to-help-ends-up-arresting-driver-in-springfield/ printed on August 27, 2014