Bangor man gets five years under ‘Tina’s Law’

Posted Jan. 09, 2009, at 11:15 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man who already had a lengthy driving record when he crashed his vehicle repeatedly on a November 2007 afternoon was sentenced Friday to five years in prison under the statute known as Tina’s Law.

Iver Cardwell, 27, was convicted on charges on aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation and criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, both Class C felonies.

“It was amazing — given the way he was driving and with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit — that no one was hurt or killed,” Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Greg Campbell said.

Cardwell also pleaded guilty Friday to an operating after revocation charge out of Waldo County, stemming from a July 2007 incident. All told, the man now has three operating after the influence convictions and three operating after revocation convictions.

“This is a prime example of why the Legislature passed a law that’s so tough,” Campbell said.

Tina’s Law, enacted in 2006, was named for Tina Turcotte, who was killed in an accident caused by a Houlton truck driver with a particularly lengthy driving record.

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