April 20, 2018
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Police: Brewer man on ‘spice’ arrested after obstructing buses

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A man who was apparently intoxicated and under the influence of “spice” cigarettes was arrested for impeding buses near the Pickering Square garage and creating a disturbance Monday afternoon, according to police.

Andrew Towle, 20, of Brewer was arrested and charged with obstructing a public way, a Class E misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a Class D misdemeanor.

“Towle seemed to be intoxicated and said he’d been smoking spice,” said Sgt. Rob Angelo, who was reading about the incident from a police report.

According to Angelo and Officer Shawn Green, spice is an herbal type of cigarette treated with chemicals that produce a pronounced high.

“They have different chemical compositions, some of which are illegal and some of which are legal to sell and available at most head shops in town,” Green said. “It’s a specific type of plant treated with a chemical spray. It’s kind of a precursor to bath salts and the same basic idea.”

Towle was bothering passers-by as well as making it difficult for buses to get in and out of the rotary station near the garage without hitting him.

“He repeatedly kept walking into the roadway and had been warned at least twice that he’d be arrested if he continued by officer Russ Twaddell,” said Angelo.

Towle was initially belligerent when Twaddell, who recently resumed a foot patrol in the area this month, told him he would be arrested.

Towle remained in custody at Penobscot County Jail unable to post $60 cash bail or sign a $750 personal recognizance bond. He is due to make a court appearance at Penobscot Judicial Center Wednesday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story requires correction. Andrew Towle is from Brewer, not Bangor, as was said in the headline.

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