April 07, 2020

Charleston man wakes to face OUI charge

Daniel B. Moore of Charleston woke up to a triple hangover on Sunday, finding himself arrested on three outstanding warrants after a night in which he was charged with OUI.

Just after 1 a.m., Bangor police and ambulance personnel responded to a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle at the intersection of Broadway and Griffin Road.

A witness said that he noticed a white station wagon, its engine running, stopped in a travel lane of Broadway with the driver leaning on the steering wheel, according to the police report. The witness found the vehicle was in gear but the driver’s foot was on the brake. The witness leaned in and turned the engine off before notifying police.

Moore, 24, was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital, where he regained consciousness and became verbally hostile to the staff, even giving the attending physician the finger, according to the police report.

Moore refused to answer questions or to consent to a blood test to determine his alcohol level. Police issued him a summons for operating under the influence of alcohol and for operating after his driver’s license was suspended for being a habitual offender.

Police left Moore at the hospital to sleep it off. But after running a background check on him, they returned to St. Joseph shortly after 7 a.m. and arrested him because of three outstanding warrants issued in Cumberland County. He had warrants for operating after suspension in 1998 and 1999, and a warrant for failure to appear in court, issued this year.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he was still being held Sunday night. He is scheduled to appear in court today to face the Bangor charges.

Daniel L. Copeland of Brewer was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol after crossing the path of a Bangor police officer early Saturday morning.

Just before 1 a.m., an officer on patrol driving up Main Street watched as Copeland’s purple 1992 Ford Thunderbird slowly glided along Union Street right across Main Street “without stopping at all” and with “the driver staring straight ahead,” according to the police report.

The officer pulled over Copeland, 31, and administered a field sobriety test, during which the driver had problems balancing.

An Intoxilyzer test administered at the Bangor police station revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent, nearly double the legal limit.

Copeland was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later was released on bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 12 to face the charge.

– Compiled by NEWS reporter Gordon Bonin

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