WATERVILLE — A teenager is facing six separate criminal charges from police, who say she stole a truck in Oakland, only to have it stall in traffic a short time later in Waterville, attracting the attention of a Waterville police officer.

As the woman was arrested and processed by police, they found drugs and drug paraphernalia on her body during three separate stages of her processing.

Police allege that Kassey Marie Corbin, 19, who rents an apartment on Boothby Street in Waterville, was under the influence of alcohol when the truck stalled about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Waterville Commons near Gamestop.

Bystanders noticed the truck and Corbin, whom they described as intoxicated, and called police, according to Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey of the Waterville Police Department.

When Officer Todd Burbank responded, the truck, a 2006 Ford Escape, was no longer in the lane of traffic, Rumsey said. Not knowing the truck was stolen, Burbank warned Corbin not to drive while under the influence of alcohol, Rumsey said.

As Burbank was leaving the area, he heard an Oakland police radio report that a 2006 Ford Escape had been stolen from Church Street in Oakland. He returned to arrest Corbin, who was still in the area.

While Corbin was being arrested, Rumsey said, police found drugs and drug paraphernalia on her body.

When she was placed under arrest, a marijuana pipe fell out of her clothes. When she was being booked at the Waterville police station, officers noticed her attempting to relocate a prescription bottle containing 13 pills from her bra to her pocket. The prescription bottle belonged to the victim of the truck theft, which resulted in an additional charge of stealing drugs.

When Corbin was taken to Inland Hospital, for reasons that Rumsey would not disclose, police discovered two more pills that had been hidden in her bra.

Rumsey said some of the pills were the painkiller Tramadol, and some were the sedative Xanax. Some were of a third type that Rumsey could not recall.

Corbin was charged with the use of drug paraphernalia and being a minor consuming liquor, civil violations which are typically penalized with fines.

She also was charged with illegal possession of schedule Z drugs, a class E crime that is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The three remaining charges — unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, illegal possession of schedule X drugs and stealing drugs — are each class D offenses, and carry a maximum penalty of up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Corbin failed to make bail of $250 and was transported to Kennebec County Jail on Thursday morning.

Rumsey said Corbin is scheduled to appear in Waterville District Court on July 2.

Capt. Rick Stubbert of the Oakland police said police responded to a call about the truck theft from a woman who had left a set of keys in the unlocked vehicle on Church Street.

Within a minute after broadcasting a description of the stolen truck, officers heard back from Burbank.

“It’s unusual for a stolen vehicle to be recovered so quickly,” Stubbert said.

Corbin, whom both Rumsey and Stubbert described as uncooperative, has faced minor criminal charges in the past.

In March, she was arrested by Waterville police on a charge of failing to give her correct name to officers. That case is pending.

In January 2012, Corbin was assessed a $200 fine on a charge of being a minor possessing liquor by the Waterville District Court.

Stubbert said motor vehicle thefts happen in Oakland at a rate of about one or two a month. Usually, he said, the vehicles are taken for rides and are then found abandoned in the area.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287
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