Sticker shock: Uninspected vehicle leads to three arrests

ELLSWORTH — Police said a routine traffic stop on State Street Monday morning led to the arrest of all three people in the car.

Officer James Gillway Jr. stopped a vehicle around 8 a.m. because it did not have an inspection sticker.

The driver of the vehicle, 44-year-old Theresa Murphy of Ellsworth, ended up being arrested on multiple charges.

Those charges included operating after suspension, attaching false plates, unlawful possession of schedule W drugs (believed to be methadone and Adderall, though lab tests are pending), possession of more than 10 hypodermic apparatuses (police said Murphy had 59 syringes) and unlawful possession of a schedule Z drug (believed to be Nexium, pending lab tests).

Murphy also was issued a traffic summons for having no visible inspection sticker on her vehicle.

Also arrested as a result of the traffic stop were Murphy’s two passengers, who both had active arrest warrants out in their names.

Lori King, 39, of Ellsworth, was arrested on a warrant charging her with unpaid fines on a previous charge out of Penobscot County.

Elwood Carter, 46, of Ellsworth was arrested on a warrant charging him with unpaid fines on a previous charge out of Hancock County.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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