OLD TOWN, Maine — A Portland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly running from a drunken driving checkpoint over the weekend, according to police.
Old Town, Orono and Maine State Police were operating a checkpoint on Route 2 on Saturday night when a blue Toyota driven by Domenic Fagone, 18, approached, according to Old Town police Capt. Kyle Smart.
Old Town police Officer Jordan Norton noticed that Fagone’s eyes were glassy as he pulled up and that he appeared to be under the age of 21, according to Smart. A can of Bud Light was in the center console of the vehicle.
Fagone claimed the beer was not his and offered it to the officer, who told Fagone to pull his vehicle to an area to be questioned further, Smart said. That’s when Fagone took off, striking a curb.
Despite repeated warnings from officers to stop, Fagone fled the checkpoint, and later abandoned the vehicle on Park Street in Orono, according to Smart.
A short time later, Fagone turned himself in to Old Town police, and a breathalyzer test confirmed that he was over the legal limit of .08, Smart said.
Fagone was charged with drunken driving, eluding a police roadblock, failing to stop for a police officer, refusing to submit to arrest and operating without a license and brought to Penobscot County Jail.