ORONO, Maine — Extra patrols on Halloween evening helped Orono police nab three drunk drivers, and two others were arrested at Orchard Trails in separate incidents.
Chief Josh Ewing said Monday his department was granted an alcohol enforcement grant from the state, enabling Orono to use six state troopers, three Old Town officers and a UMaine officer in addition to five Orono officers who were on patrol Thursday night.
Ewing said officers were in plain clothes while state police used marked cars.
The chief said in addition to the five arrests, 25 underage drinking citations were issued.
Two of the arrests occurred at Orchard Trails only minutes apart, according to Ewing.
One man, James Cummings, a 19-year-old UMaine student, was asked to leave the complex by security and took a swing at the security guard, Ewing said.
He was restrained by police and charged with assault and refusing to submit to arrest, the chief said.
Just prior to arresting Cummings, police arrested Mark Dieuveil, 20, of Veazie and charged him with falsifying physical evidence.
Dieuveil had been outside Building 5 at Orchard Trails with a beer in his hand, and as officers approached him, he tried to walk away, Ewing said.
As police pursued him, Dieuveil allegedly took marijuana out of his pocket and tried to step on it to destroy it.
Ewing said police dealt with one big party on Water Street that was broken up without incident.
“The extra enforcement made a difference,” he said.