Orneville man racks up charges during Orono traffic stop

Posted April 02, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — An Orneville man racked up more than half a dozen charges as the result of a traffic stop last week in Orono.

Jeffrey Burgess, 25, was the subject of an erratic driving complaint that began on Stillwater Avenue In Old Town and continued into Orono on Tuesday of last week, according to Orono police Sgt. Dan Merrill.

After he crossed into Orono, Burgess’s vehicle was spotted by Sgt. Scott Scripture, who pulled him over on Noyes Drive, Merrill said.

When asked for ID, Burgess said he had none and provided the sergeant a similar but fake name — Jeff Bridges — and a date of birth that was close to his own but off by a year and a month, Merrill said.

After several unsuccessful attempts were made to find his license information in the state’s database, Burgess finally provided police his real name and his license number, Merrill said.

Police then determined that Burgess’s license was under suspension and that he had three prior convictions for operating under suspension or revocation. In addition, Burgess was wanted on two active warrants — one of them for failure to appear — and was out on bail at the time of his arrest, Merrill said.

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