May 26, 2018
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Police: Exeter man on drugs accused of OUI

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — An erratic vehicle complaint late Friday ended with an Exeter man under arrest, police said.

After Richard Fournier, 52, left the highway at Exit 197, he sat at a stop sign and didn’t move his motorcycle with Old Town police Officer Lee Miller watching, according to Capt. Kyle Smart.

Miller subsequently conducted a traffic stop and discovered Fournier’s license was suspended for a previous OUI charge, Smart said. The suspect’s speech allegedly was slurred and his eyes glassy.

After he was placed under arrest and brought back to the station after failing several field sobriety tests, no alcohol was discovered in Fournier’s system, Smart said.

Miller, a drug recognition expert, thought that Fournier was under the influence of some sort of drug and his suspicions were realized when Fournier tested positive for CNS depressants.

Fournier was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with OUI and operating after suspension. He also was issued a ticket for failing to display an inspection sticker.

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