June 20, 2018
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Bangor man accused of ignoring police warning arrested for OUI

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A Bangor man warned by police not to drive out of the Pine Street parking lot in Orono early Friday wound up under arrest, police said.

Nicholas Gimbel, 23, had been warned shortly after 2 a.m. by Orono police Sgt. Scott Scripture not to drive from the lot near the Bear Brew Pub because he appeared intoxicated, according to Orono police Sgt. Scott Lajoie.

Scripture advised Officer Sarah Exley to keep tabs on Gimbel’s vehicle, which Gimbel got into and sat in after police had warned him, Lajoie said.

After 15 minutes, Exley observed Gimbel start the vehicle and pull out of the Pine Street parking lot, the sergeant said. Gimbel rolled right past Scripture’s cruiser in the process, and Exley quickly pulled Gimbel over on Route 2.

Gimbel told Exley during field sobriety tests he had only consumed one beer despite the officer observing glassy and red eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from the suspect, Lajoie said.

Gimbel was placed under arrest, charged with operating under the influence and brought to Penobscot County Jail, Lajoie said. He has since been released on bail.

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