Police: Stolen vehicle found in custody of drunk teen
Belfast — Police located a vehicle that was reported stolen early Thursday morning, July 25, and as a result a 17-year-old girl is facing several charges including operating under the influence.
Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said police responded to the report of the stolen car from a resident on Merriam Drive in Belfast just after 1 a.m. Cunningham said the girl was familiar with the vehicle owner, who stated the teen took the vehicle without their permission.
Cunningham said officers found the vehicle parked at a Route 1 hotel just before 2 a.m., and they found the teenaged girl at the wheel. Police Chief Mike McFadden said the vehicle's engine was destroyed because officers believed the girl drove the vehicle in a low gear.
McFadden said officers found pistons and other parts from the engine on the ground near the vehicle.
"They found it in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn with a lot of oil running out of it," said Cunningham.
Cunningham said the girl was intoxicated, but was otherwise unhurt. Officers arrested her on the OUI charge as well as unauthorized use of property and operating without a license.
In addition to charges against the 17-year-old girl, police also charged Cheyenne Larrabee, 20, of Belfast, with furnishing a place for minors to consume/possess alcohol. McFadden said the charges were brought against Larrabee because officers determined the 17 year old had consumed alcohol while at Larrabee's residence on Merriam Drive.
Police at the scene contacted the girl's guardian, who came to the hotel to bring the youth home.