WATERVILLE — A Limington man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly tried to steal a car parked outside a business on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

Rene Therrien, 38, of 57 Hardscrabble Road, Limington, told police that he tried stealing a vehicle after his car was towed on Interstate 95 because both he and his girlfriend were too intoxicated to drive, said Waterville police Deputy Chief Bill Bonney.

Therrien wanted to go to Portland, however, so he tried to steal a car that was left running in front of J&S Oil, according to Bonney. He didn’t get far because he crashed the car into another in the business’s parking lot, the deputy chief said. An employee reported the incident at 2:13 p.m.

Therrien then allegedly fled, trying unsuccessfully to scale the fence behind J&S Oil.

When police arrived around 2:30 p.m., Therrien had last been seen running toward Waterville Self-Storage on Airport Road, Bonney said.

The responding officer, Steve Brame, allegedly found Therrien about 20 yards into the woods off Airport Road. Therrien had also lost his shoes in the process, according to Bonney.

Therrien was arrested and charged with theft by unauthorized use of property, failing to make an oral or written accident report, and operating a vehicle under the influence, with one prior offense.

He was taken to the Kennebec County jail and is being held on $2,000 cash bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 4.

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