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Maine man arrested on OUI, gun charges

GREENFIELD — A Maine man was arrested on drunken driving and firearms charges after being pulled over with an unloaded gun on his passenger seat early Tuesday morning, according to police.

James Marin, 29, of Waterville, Maine, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of operating under the influence of liquor, carrying a handgun without a license, carrying a switchblade and failing to drive in the right lane.

Marin was pulled over after he took a wide right turn out of the CVS parking lot and drove in the oncoming lane, causing Sgt. Stephen Westerling to swerve to avoid a crash, according to an arrest report written by Westerling.

When Westerling approached the car, Marin stared straight forward, not making eye contact while the sergeant spoke to him, he wrote. When asked for his registration, Marin handed Westerling the registration for an ATV, then continued to look for his pickup’s registration while laughing, according to the report.

He eventually gave up looking and asked Westerling if he had it. By that time, the sergeant had begun to smell alcohol, and noticed that the driver’s eyes were glassy and heavy-lidded and his speech was slurred, he wrote.

Marin told him he had been drinking at Smitty’s Pub, and was driven to a friend’s house to sober up before he decided to drive back to the Hampton Inn two hours later, wrote Westerling.

Westerling asked Marin if he had any weapons, and the driver reached toward the passenger seat as he said he only had “this gun,” wrote the sergeant. Westerling then grabbed Marin to keep him from the weapon, he wrote.

When asked if he was licensed, Marin said, “I only need the 2nd Amendment,” the sergeant wrote.

While Maine does not require a license to purchase a handgun, a license is required to carry one, according to state gun laws.

The gun, a Walther P22 .22-caliber semi-automatic, turned out to be unloaded, Westerling wrote. Also inside the car, police found two boxes of .22-caliber ammunition and a switchblade, according to the report. Marin was released on $75 bail, and his case was continued to Sept. 29 for a pretrial conference.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 On Twitter, follow @RecorderRain

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