Maine man cleared of DWI arrested on same charge 2 days later


AUGUSTA, MAINE >> A Maine man cleared of a drunken driving charge at his trial on Thursday was arrested Saturday morning on a new charge of operating under the influence.

Authorities say 21-year-old Jose Jesus Tapia-Smith, of Augusta, is charged with operating under the influence, eluding police, driving to endanger and operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked.

The Kennebec Journal reported ( that the incident began at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Augusta, when Tapia-Smith allegedly failed to pull over when an officer activated his blue lights.

The vehicle finally stopped on Route 104 and he was placed under arrest.

Tapia-Smith's bail is set at $7,500 cash and he remains in custody at the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.

It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer.


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