Alleged drunk driving denial fails to prevent jail visit

Teen's record shows 15 prior arrests
By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 28, 2012
Source: Belfast Police Department Dylin Knight

Belfast — A 19-year-old man, whom police say has a fairly lengthy arrest record, was unable to avoid another jail stay following a series of events that reportedly occurred Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26.

Police arrested Dylin Knight of Stockton Springs on charges of operating under the influence, operating beyond license restrictions and two counts of violating conditions of release.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said police responded to a complaint about a red 1998 Ford operating erratically in the Belfast area, which led officers to a housing complex at Penobscot Terrace.

There the officers located the Ford and Knight, said McFadden. Knight initially told police he had driven the car about 30 minutes prior to their arrival. Knight said he went to a local convenience store to buy a cigar, McFadden said.

The officers noticed Knight was intoxicated, but McFadden said Knight denied that he was impaired.

"He denied, in fact, that he had been drinking at all that evening, " said McFadden.

McFadden said Knight "was not cooperative" with the officers who were speaking with him and at that time he was arrested and transported to Waldo County Jail.

McFadden said Sunday's incident was not Knight's first visit to the jail, as Knight's record showed he had been arrested an additional 15 times. McFadden said the previous arrests were for crimes such as drug offenses and operating after suspension.

Knight is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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