HOLDEN, Maine — A Winter Harbor man who was watching deer in a field from U.S. Route 1A was summoned when a rifle was found in the back seat of his pickup truck, police said.

Phillip Torrey, 40, was observing the animals with a pair of binoculars on the side of the road around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to Holden Police Chief Gene Worcester.

Holden police Sgt. Gene Fizell noticed Torrey’s truck pulled over, and stopped to investigate.

The rifle’s safety was off, Worcester said, and a magazine attached to the rifle’s hinge had four cartridges in it.

Fizell confiscated the rifle and charged Torrey with possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a Class E misdemeanor.

Worcester said Torrey was not engaging in any hunting activities, but he violated state law by having a loaded gun in his vehicle.

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