VASSALBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – A Whitefield man is facing charges after he was stopped when a Trooper noticed his inspection sticker didn’t quite pass the straight-face test.
59-year-old Robert Barnes was pulled over on Main Street in Vassalboro October 27 for an inspection sicker that looked fake. Maine State Police say while the trooper was approaching his car, he reached up and ripped the sticker off the windshield and hid it in some trash.
When questioned, Barnes denied having a sticker at all. The trooper smelled marijuana and asked Barnes to step out of the car. At that point, Barnes disclosed he had a .22 caliber handgun underneath his seat and didn't have a permit.
The false inspection sticker was found and made out of styrofoam. No drugs were found.
Due to the amount of time it took Robert to inform the Trooper of the gun under the seat, he was issued a summons for Failing to Inform Law Enforcement of a Concealed Firearm as well as a criminal summons for Displaying a Fictitious Inspection Sticker.