May 24, 2018
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Veazie woman facing felony forgery charge after allegedly signing sister’s name on OUI summons

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A Veazie woman is facing an aggravated forgery charge after she signed her sister’s name to a uniform summons and complaint for drunk driving.

The episode that led to the Class B felony forgery charge for 24-year-old Danielle Celino began when Orono police Officer Sarah Exley pulled over Celino because one of the headlights on the car she was driving was out, Orono police Sgt. Scott Lajoie said Sunday.

Lajoie said that when Exley was talking to the motorist, she noted that Celino was showing signs of intoxication. He said that Celino initially denied having consumed alcohol but later admitted to having had some wine several hours earlier.

Exley administered field sobriety tests, which Celino reportedly failed. Celino was taken to the police station for Intoxilyzer testing, after which she was charged, placed under arrest and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

At the time of her arrest, Celino was out on bail for another aggravated forgery charge she received last year in Veazie, Lajoie said. He said she also was wanted on two warrants and that she did not have a valid driver’s license.

In addition, the car Celino was driving was reported stolen by its owner, Lajoie said. He said that Celino claimed she had permission to use the vehicle, which was towed to an impound lot after her arrest. The investigation into that aspect of the case is ongoing, he said.

As of Sunday, Celino had been charged with OUI and forgery, Lajoie said. He said additional charges — including violation of bail conditions — might be filed in connection with the incident.

Celino remained at Penobscot County Jail on Sunday night.

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