Police track down suspected truck thief

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 11, 2014, at 8:22 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 35-year-old Washington man remained behind bars Tuesday afternoon after police arrested him over the weekend on suspicion of stealing a truck more than three months ago.

Police also said that when they found Danny W. Leigh he was in a car snorting painkillers in the presence of two children.

Leigh was arrested Saturday evening by Knox County Deputy Lance Mitchell on a warrant on a charge of theft had been outstanding since Nov. 7. The warrant had been issued in connection with the Oct. 30 theft in Washington of a 2000 Toyota Tacoma. The stolen truck was recovered a few days later smashed into a tree in Liberty, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison.

When Twitchell and Deputy John Hansen stopped the vehicle Saturday night, there were four people in it — Leigh, Paula Lopez, 38, of Washington, a 14-year-old and a 3-year-old. During the stop, the deputies found a mirror in the glove compartment along with a straw and residue of a powder, according to the sheriff. A small pill container with approximately 20 oxycodone pills inside also was found, she said.

Leigh and Lopez admitted to cutting up the pills and snorting them while the children were present, according to the sheriff. Lopez was charged with illegal possession of oxycodone and later released on bail.

Leigh also was cited by the deputies for endangering the welfare of a child. But the district attorney’s office did not file that charge when Leigh made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said after the hearing that the prosecution decided not to file that charge at this time.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $2,500 cash for Leigh.

The sheriff said Tuesday that she did not know what happened to the children after the arrests of both adults in the vehicle on Saturday night but that the department typically contacts the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in such cases.

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