A Vermont man was arrested April 18 after prior contact with police led authorities to determine he was driving under the influence.

David Heft, 61, was stopped at Maritime Farms on the Rockland/Thomaston town line around 8:30 p.m. Heft was ordered to exit the vehicle and almost fell over getting out, said Rockland Deputy Chief Wally Tower.

After a field sobriety test, police determined Heft was under the influence of alcohol.

Also in the truck, police found a loaded .30-30 rifle. Heft did not have a Maine permit, Tower said.

Rockland Police Sgt. Matthew Lindahl had contact with Heft about three hours prior to his arrest and had determined then he might have been drinking. Later, Lindahl spotted Heft driving and radioed another officer to stop him, said Tower.

Heft was arrested for operating under the influence and possession of a loaded firearm.

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