Loud exhaust draws attention to alleged drunk driver
Belfast — Police say the noise from a loud exhaust is what called attention to a Searsport man who was allegedly driving while intoxicated and without a valid license.
Eric Robinson, 26, of Searsport, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, operating after suspension, operating without a license and imprudent speed after a series of incidents that began on Main Street Wednesday night, Jan. 15.
Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said officers first noticed the vehicle Robinson was driving as Robinson was headed through the four-way intersection downtown up Main Street hill at about 10:30 p.m.
Police went after the vehicle, and for a short time Cunningham said police were unable to locate it. Then Cunningham said police got a tip from a city employee who reported an unknown vehicle parked in the lot in front of the Belfast Fire Station.
Upon arrival, the officers found Robinson at the wheel and Cunningham said he "showed signs of impairment."
"Field sobriety tests were done, and he didn't do well," said Cunningham of Robinson. "Then they took him to jail, where he refused to take the test."
Robinson is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Feb. 18.