A Lincolnville man detained on $20,000 bail at the Knox County Jail since late February was sentenced to four years in prison March 25 for violating probation from a prior kidnapping conviction.

William David Rankin, 47, was charged with aggravated drug trafficking, operating under the influence, refusing to submit to arrest, tampering with a witness, and criminal forfeiture of money Feb. 27.

Rankin was ordered to have his probation partially revoked and serve four years in prison for the counts against him.

Rankin was convicted of a class A kidnapping charge in Waldo County Superior Court in 2005. He was sentenced to 17 years with all but eight suspended and six years on probation, according to court documents.

In February, after Rankin had driven his car into a snow bank, he told Rockland Police Officer Andrew Redden he had not been drinking, but later admitted to having three rum and Coke drinks two hours prior. He failed a field sobriety test that included him reciting a "scrambled" alphabet, according to police.

When Redden attempted to arrest Rankin, Rankin tried to punch the officer in the face. When the handcuffs were put on Rankin, he attempted to grab and twist Redden's fingers, said police.

A baggie found in Rankin's jacket held 309 30 mg oxycodone pills. Redden also confiscated a "mass amount" of cash in Rankin's jean pocket of more than $4,000 and another bottle of oxycodone pills prescribed to another person, according to an affidavit.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.