Presque Isle gas station cited for selling alcohol to intoxicated man
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – A Shell gas station on Parson Street was issued a violation for selling alcohol to a visibly intoxicated man who was also charged for driving under the influence, according to the Presque Isle Police Department.
Shortly before 2 p.m. January 31, Presque Isle officer Kevin Reed was at the Brewster Farm Shell store on Parson Street taking a complaint about a theft. While there he said he observed an employee sell a six-pack of Budweiser beer to a man who seemed to already be intoxicated.
The man had “the distinct odor of an intoxicating beverage” and “appeared to be swaying,” Reed wrote in the police report. Reed said he watched 49-year-old Earl Lambrecht of Presque Isle successfully purchase the beer and proceed to drive his truck.
Reed followed Lambrecht and pulled him over at what turned out to be his home less than a quarter of a mile from the store.
Reed said Lambrecht veered from left to right while driving and later slurred his speech during a field sobriety test. According to the police report, Lambrecht told Reed he had previously consumed six 16-ounce beers within the last three hours.
Lambrecht was charged with a first-time offense of operating under the influence and released on bail.
Reed said he returned to the gas station and issued a violation and court summons for sale of liquor to a visibly intoxicated person to Brewster Farm manager Muhammad Ali and employee Muhammad Asif.