BREWER, Maine — What began with an early morning traffic stop Tuesday ended with a Brewer man and his friend from Bangor both being arrested on charges of operating under the influence despite being in different vehicles.

First to be charged was Lee Lorigan of Brewer, who was pulled over on South Main Street shortly before 1:30 a.m. because of a faulty license plate light, Brewer police Cpl. Steve Boyd said Tuesday.

Boyd said that Cpl. Nelson Feero detected the odor of alcohol coming from Lorigan and arrested him on an OUI charge after he allegedly failed sobriety testing.

Next up was Kerry Marino of Bangor, a friend who stopped by to offer Lorigan assistance, Boyd said. Officer Jeff Gotreau arrested him on an OUI charge after he, too, reportedly exhibited signs of drinking while driving, Boyd said.

Both men since have been released on bail.

Feero said Wednesday that one of the passengers in Lorigan’s vehicle called Marino to let him know they had been stopped by police “and he responded to assist, which did not work out too well for him.”