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Two Madawaska men charged with OUI in separate incidents

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska police on Thursday reported recently charging two local men with operating under the influence of alcohol within a 28-hour period.

Police charged Dereck Dionne, 31, and Jacob Gendreau, 21, both of Madawaska in separate incidents and indicated that the weather might have been a contributing factor.

“During the winter, people start to get cabin fever and when the weather gets warmer and the snow starts to melt, they just want to get out,” said Madawaska Police Lt. Jamie Pelletier.

Officers Sam Dechaine and Cedric Gendreau responded to a report of a vehicle that hit a snowbank on Lake Shore Road near Chapel Road at about 9:30 p.m. on March 7. When they arrived on scene, Officer Gendreau reported that the driver, Dionne, was unresponsive. The vehicle also still was running and in drive.

The officers called for an ambulance but were able to wake the sleeping Dionne after about 10 minutes, according to Pelletier, so they could get into the vehicle to put it in park and shut off the engine.

The officers reported seeing two beer bottles in the car and said that Dionne told them he had been drinking. Dionne, however, refused to perform a field sobriety test. The officers transferred him to the police department where they said Dionne registered a .21 blood alcohol content on the intoxilyzer test, more than double the legal limit of .08 BAC for someone to drive.

He was charged with operating under the influence, made bail, and released.

On March 9 at 1:30 a.m., Gendreau was driving back from Canada when officials at the U.S. port of entry suspected him of being under the influence. They called Madawaska police and officer Garrett Albert arrived to conduct a field sobriety test. The officer then transported Gendreau to the Madawaska police station where he reported that Gendreau registered a .13 BAC.

Police charged Gendreau, who has one prior OUI offense, with operating under the influence and released him.

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