Dexter town councilor arrested on OUI charge

Posted Feb. 17, 2013, at 5:42 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 17, 2013, at 6 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A Dexter town councilor was arrested for allegedly operating under the influence early Sunday morning.

Denise Dinsmore, 63, was driving north on Route 7 at 1:34 a.m. on Sunday when Dexter police Officer Dana Gatcomb pulled her vehicle over, according to Chief Kevin Wintle on Sunday evening.

Dinsmore’s vehicle had its turn signal on in order to make a right turn, but the vehicle continued straight, said Wintle. The vehicle then pulled over to the side of the road with its dome light on.

Gatcomb, who was patrolling the road, witnessed it, activated his lights and performed a safety check on the vehicle, said Wintle.

“The operator stated she was trying to figure out how to turn the dome light off,” said Wintle. “That’s when he smelled alcohol on her [breath].”

Gatcomb conducted a field sobriety test on Dinsmore.

“He had probable cause and made the arrest on the operator,” said Wintle.

Dinsmore was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, a Class D misdemeanor. She was taken to the Dexter Police Department, where she bailed on $500 unsecured bond.

Dinsmore was elected to the Dexter Town Council last fall. It was her first run at an elected office, according to the Piscataquis Observer.

She moved to Dexter in 2002 in order to be closer to her parents, Dinsmore told the Piscataquis Observer last year. She also owns Home Living, an assisted living facility, in Hampden.

She is scheduled to appear at Newport District Court on April 10.

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