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Mapleton woman charged after allegedly driving drunk with 10-year-old son in the car

Presque Isle Police Department | BDN
Presque Isle Police Department | BDN
Faith Houlton
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A 29-year-old Mapleton woman was arrested and charged after allegedly driving drunk in Presque Isle with her 10-year-old son in the vehicle.

On Sunday, Jan. 5, police received a complaint of a vehicle being operated erratically on Caribou Road, Presque Isle Police Chief Matt Irwin said Monday.

According to Irwin, Officers Ryan Eagles and Kaitlyn McLaughlin pulled over Faith Houlton, 29, who had her 10-year-old son in the vehicle with her.

The officers conducted field sobriety tests, all of which she allegedly failed. Irwin said that a breath test conducted with an Intoxilyzer at the police station indicated her blood alcohol content was 0.23, which is nearly three times Maine’s legal limit of 0.08 for operating a vehicle.

Irwin said that Houlton began to hyperventilate and exhibit other health symptoms in front of the officers, and Crown Ambulance checked her condition while she was at the Presque Isle Police Department.

She was medically cleared and charged with operating under the influence and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Houlton was able to make bail on Sunday, and the state Department of Health and Human Services was notified about the incident.

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