May 25, 2018
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Man charged after he asked police for a Breathalyzer test, was told not to drive, then drove anyway

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

WINTERPORT, Maine — A man called police Saturday night to see if they would come to his home to give him a Breathalyzer test before he got behind the wheel. After police told him not to drive, he did anyway and was charged with operating under the influence.

Bryan T. Grover, 42, came to the attention of deputies from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office earlier that evening when he got into a noisy dispute in a home and police were called. Grover and the other person each were given a warning for disorderly conduct, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton. Grover wanted to leave the residence, but the deputy told him he shouldn’t drive because he had been drinking, Trafton said.

About an hour later, Grover called the same deputy to ask him to come over and test his ability to drive. The deputy told Grover he already knew, without needing to administer the test, Grover shouldn’t drive.

“Apparently he decided to drive anyway,” Trafton said.

Police got an anonymous call at 7:12 p.m. that Grover was driving, and the two deputies, who were still in the area, found him in Winterport. Grover tested at .17 percent blood alcohol content, or more than twice the legal limit, Trafton said.

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