June 24, 2018
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Bangor woman faces charges after hitting Lynx bus, police say

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman was arrested Thursday morning after she allegedly struck a Lynx bus and left without stopping.

With the help of a witness who provided a description and license plate number for the suspect car, police learned the owner was a Forest Avenue resident.

Bangor police Officer Steve Jordan found the driver, 46-year-old Lori Stevens, about 9:45 a.m. as she was turning into her driveway, Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Thursday evening, citing a police report.

But it wasn’t the accident that landed Stevens at Penobscot County Jail, where she remained Thursday night.

“There was no damage to the Lynx bus,” Weber said, adding no one was injured.

After locating the driver, Jordan determined that her driver’s license was suspended and that she was wanted on a warrant for failure to pay fines for a prior operating after suspension conviction.

The officer also noted that she appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant because her speech seemed slurred and she was unsteady on her feet, the report said.

Stevens reportedly said she had a medical condition that can cause those symptoms and was taking prescription medications, including one used to treat anxiety and depression, the report indicated.

When taken to the fire station, Stevens declined a blood glucose test, the report said. She did, however, agree to undergo Intoxilyzer testing, which showed no trace of alcohol in her system.

Jordan, who is a drug recognition expert, conducted further testing that in his opinion suggested she was under the influence of other intoxicants. The report indicated that a urine sample has been sent to a lab for testing.

Stevens was arrested on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension and for the active warrant, Weber said.

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