Bangor man wanted on warrant, with 6 prior OAS convictions, arrested in Holden for OUI

Posted July 10, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A Holden police officer arrested a Bangor man on operating under the influence and other charges early Wednesday morning after seeing him swerve his pickup during a trip to Circle K on Main Road.

At the time of his arrest, Wayne Parks, 28, was the subject of a warrant for failure to appear and was driving with a suspended license, Holden police Sgt. Chris Greeley said Thursday. He also had six prior convictions for operating under suspension, Greeley said.

The episode that led to Parks’ arrest began shortly after midnight, when Holden police Officer Bruce Graybill saw the Toyota Tacoma pickup Parks was driving swerve as it entered the convenience store’s parking lot, then swerve again as it departed, Greeley said.

When Graybill approached the motorist, he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage.

Parks “admitted to having consumed some beer,” Greeley said, citing the arrest report. Graybill conducted a field sobriety test, which Parks failed, Greeley said.

Parks was arrested on an OUI charge, the active warrant and a charge of Class C felony operating after suspension, Greeley said. He said the OAS charge was elevated to a felony because of the number of prior convictions Parks accumulated.

“It was a very good catch, very good police work by Officer Graybill,” Greeley said of the arrest.

Parks since has been released on bail, Greeley said.