OUI stop leads to Rockland gun charge

Posted April 19, 2013, at 2:55 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 61-year-old Troy man was released on bail Friday morning after being arrested Thursday evening on charges of driving drunk and carrying a loaded gun in the vehicle.

According to an affidavit filed in Rockland District Court by Rockland police, officers had gone to where David H. Heft was staying earlier on Thursday after being asked to check on his well-being. Heft then was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport by Rockland emergency medical service for a head injury. At the time, he told officers that he had drunk 16 beers that day, according to the affidavit.

A few hours later, Heft was spotted driving and Officer Andrew Redden pulled him over by Maritime Farms on Route 1. Heft was visibly intoxicated and a blood alcohol test found a level of 0.21, nearly three times the limit considered to be under the influence in Maine, the affidavit stated.

A rifle also was found in the vehicle and when the weapon was checked a round was in it.

Heft told officers that he had considered blowing his brains out earlier in the day. When officers stopped by, they took the loaded gun from him in the vehicle in the event he again considered killing himself, according to the court papers.

Heft was arrested at about 10 p.m. by Rockland police and charged with operating under the influence and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

He was released Friday from the Knox County Jail in Rockland on $1,000 cash bail.

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