A Lincolnville man was arrested in part Feb. 27 after police said he drove his vehicle into a snowbank after he had been drinking.

William Rankin, 47, was charged with aggravated drug trafficking, operating under the influence, refusing to submit to arrest and criminal forfeiture of money.

Officer Andrew Redden of the Rockland Police Department went to the scene of a car reported to be stuck in a snowbank on Pleasant Street around 6:30 p.m.

When Redden asked the driver if he and his male passenger were OK, the driver — Rankin — would not make eye contact and was acting "evasive" but told Redden he was "all set."

Redden watched Rankin exit his vehicle and noticed he was unsteady on his feet, according to a court report.

When Redden approached Rankin, he said he smelled alcohol and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He added that Rankin's speech was slurred, court documents stated.

Rankin originally said he had not been drinking, but later admitted to having three rum and Coke drinks two hour prior. He failed a field sobriety test that included him reciting a "scrambled" alphabet, according to police.

When Redden attempted to arrest Rankin, Rankin attempted to punch the officer in the face. When the handcuffs were put on Rankin, he attempted to grab and twist Redden's fingers, said police.

Officer John Bagley assisted Redden at the scene.

A baggie found in Rankin's jacket held 309 30 mg oxycodone pills. Redden also confiscated a "mass amount" of cash in Rankin's jean pocket of more than $4,000 and another bottle of oxycodone pills prescribed to another person, according to an affidavit.

Rankin is detained at the Knox County Jail and held on $20,000 cash bail.

He is expected in court April 24.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.