Alleged profanity-laden joyride lands local woman in jail

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 15, 2012
Courtesy of: Waldo County Jail Rhonda L. Macleod

Stockton Springs — Police arrested Rhonda L. Macleod, 47, of Stockton Springs on charges of operating under the influence, driving to endanger and violating conditions of release after an incident that allegedly occurred Monday evening, Aug. 13, at around 6:30 p.m.

Police say Macleod was intoxicated and screaming profanities while driving erratically on Station Street Monday night.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said a resident on Station Street called the Waldo County Regional Communications Center to report "a crazy female who was doing donuts and screaming obscenities in her vehicle."

As police responded to the initial report, Trafton said dispatch fielded a second call from two young girls walking alongside the road who observed the woman, operating a green Jeep, driving erratically.

Trafton said a third resident on Station Street also called police to report the incident.

When Sgt. James Greeley and Deputy Dan Thompson arrived, they met with the two girls, who said they observed the Jeep speeding up the road toward them before the female driver began doing donuts in the middle of the roadway.

"The girls said at one point she came within five feet of them," Trafton said.

Trafton said the officers then went and spoke with the third complainant, who identified the driver of the Jeep as a woman who lives in the neighborhood and pointed out her nearby residence.

When they arrived at Macleod's residence, Trafton said the officers noticed the hood of the Jeep was still warm.

When Macleod answered the door, Trafton said she told the officers she was visiting her boyfriend in Orland, but left abruptly because she became angry with him.

"She said she was upset with her boyfriend and she was taking out her frustrations, and at that time the officers noticed she was under the influence," Trafton said, who added Macleod was also subject to bail conditions that barred her from using or possessing alcohol at the time of her arrest. "Luckily, nobody got hurt," he said.

Macleod was arrested and transported to Waldo County Jail. She is slated to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Sept. 18.

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