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Tourist Gets Tickets - Free Tickets, Free Dinner, Free Lodging

July 10, 1993

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) _ A police siren screamed and lights flashed in the rear-view mirror. Ominous signs for a tourist.

″I thought, ’What did I do wrong,‴ said Maurice McArthur, passing through town with his wife, Jean.

After they pulled over Thursday in downtown Skowhegan, they were confronted by Police Chief Larry Jones.

A traffic stop, a ticket? But then they were joined by a throng of local officials, business people and reporters.

The McArthurs, from Fredericton, New Brunswick, in Canada, were the first targets of an ″Arrest-A-Tourist″ promotion sponsored by the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce.

They were treated to free lodging, dinner, theater, gifts and an introduction to former U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith.

″Oh, I think it’s so exciting,″ said Mrs. McArthur as she was handed a bouquet of flowers.

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