June 21, 2018
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Connecticut man charged with OUI in Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

SINCLAIR, Maine — A Connecticut man who allegedly was reported to police for erratic driving was charged with operating under the influence Sunday afternoon.

Darrell Crandall, chief deputy of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, said Sunday evening that the incident took place at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Route 161.

According to Crandall, a caller told the Maine State Police about an older model brown Mercedes that was being operated erratically. The locale and vehicle description were passed to the sheriff’s office so that deputies on patrol could keep watch for the vehicle.

Just fifteen minutes later, Deputy Vance Palmer stopped the Mercedes. After a brief roadside investigation, the driver, 45-year-old Peter Szczerba of New Britain, Conn., was taken into custody on an OUI charge. He was taken to the Caribou Police Department for holding, Crandall said Sunday evening.

Crandall said that it’s common for state police and the sheriff’s department to work together, especially in cases where they have a chance to prevent death or injury.

“We are never concerned with who gets there first, only that situations that threaten public safety are taken care of effectively and as quickly as possible,” he said.

The sheriff’s office encourages members of the public to report erratic driving or any other suspicious or dangerous behavior.

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