BREWER, Maine — A local transient who made bizarre statements to police during a stolen vehicle investigation is facing multiple charges.
Patrick Fitzgerald, 26, is accused of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to state police Trooper Adam Gould. Fitzgerald was arrested on Oct. 15, the trooper said.
On that day, troopers were called to Interstate 395 in Brewer shortly before 7 p.m. when a pickup truck was found on the side of the highway with a man walking away from it, according to Gould.
Gould and Trooper Darren Vittum both responded and found Fitzgerald walking in Brewer, Gould said. Shortly after, dispatch informed the troopers the truck had been stolen from a residence in Searsport.
When the troopers questioned Fitzgerald, his behavior grew bizarre, and he made numerous astrological-type statements and referred to the officers as “Storm Troopers,” according to Gould.
“He was polite but extremely strange,” Gould said. “He told us he hadn’t consumed any alcohol or drugs or anything.”
While Fitzgerald was not under the influence of any intoxicants, he was arrested and brought to Penobscot County Jail, Gould said.
Part of Fitzgerald’s bail conditions require he undergo a mental health evaluation, Gould said. The stolen pickup was not damaged and was returned to its owner.