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Police charge underage Madawaska woman with OUI

MADAWASKA, Maine — Police charged a Madawaska woman with operating under influence on Oct. 20 after she crashed her vehicle into a ditch, according to officials.

Early that Saturday morning, officer Sam Dechaine received a call about a car that had crashed into the ditch on Beaulieu Road. When he arrived, Dechaine determined that the driver, Kerissa Rouleau, 19, had been operating the vehicle while under the influence, according to the police report released on Nov. 6.

Dechaine did a standard field sobriety test before transporting Rouleau to the police department. An intoxilyzer test administered at the station showed a .15 blood alcohol content, which is nearly double the legal limit of .08 BAC for someone of legal drinking age to drive, according to police. Minors, however, are not allowed to drive with any alcohol in their system.

Police did not arrest Rouleau, but summoned her on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, operating without a license, illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor, and failure to give notice of an accident by quickest means. The latter charge, according to police, stemmed from her not reporting the accident until nearly two hours had passed.

She is set to appear in court Dec. 5.

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