WATERVILLE — A routine traffic stop Monday afternoon on Kennedy Memorial Drive led to the arrest of twin brothers from Massachusetts on multiple charges, including unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, according to police.

A state trooper stopped a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee at about 4:30 p.m. after the driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way near the intersection of KMD and Washington Street, according to Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The Jeep’s driver, Matthew Pinion, 45, of Methuen, Massachusetts, provided a driver’s license that officers, including Waterville police, did not believe was his, according to Moss.

Police discovered the license belonged to Pinion’s passenger and twin brother, Clifton Pinion, 45, also of Methuen, Massachusetts. Clifton Pinion, however, refused to confirm his identity, according to Moss.

Matthew Pinion then allegedly took off running, leading officers on a foot chase in and out of traffic. He was apprehended a short distance away and taken into custody after receiving minor injuries from falling during the pursuit.

He was treated at the scene by Waterville Fire-Rescue and then taken to a local hospital.


“It was also discovered that Matthew’s driver’s license was revoked out of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and he had four active warrants for his arrest which later were determined to be non-extradition warrants,” Moss wrote in an email.

A search of the brothers’ Jeep turned up crystal methamphetamine, according to Moss.

Matthew and Clifton Pinion, who were not wearing seat belts when stopped, were taken to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta.

Clifton Pinion was charged with unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, intentionally allowing unauthorized use of identification and failure to give correct name and date of birth.

Matthew Pinion was charged with unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, refusing to submit to arrest/detention, intentionally displaying operator’s license of another person, failure to give correct name and date of birth and operating without a license.

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