BANGOR, Maine — About 24 hours after former Bangor City Council Chairman Richard Greene was charged with drunken driving, he was arrested again for allegedly being behind the wheel while drunk.
“Yes, this is Richard Greene, the former mayor, and, yes, this is his second OUI charge in as many days,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said Friday in a news release.
Greene, 53, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence just before midnight Wednesday and again at 10:24 p.m. Thursday. He also was charged with violating his conditions of release on Thursday.
Edwards said an off-duty police officer at the Muddy Rudder restaurant in Brewer noticed Greene drinking Thursday night. “He called over and let us know,” Edwards said Friday.
Bangor police said they saw Greene driving but couldn’t get turned around fast enough to stop him. The officer located Greene in his Bangor hotel room a few minutes later and arrested him.
Edwards would not release Greene’s blood alcohol level, but said the Intoxilyzer test results exceeded the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
“If he gets one more OUI … he’d be a habitual offender,” Edwards said. “He’s pushing himself into that realm.”
After he was arrested, Greene was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.
He appeared Friday afternoon before Judge Jessie Gunther in 3rd District Court in Bangor on the second OUI charge. She ordered that Greene be jailed until a bail hearing is held Tuesday to review a motion to revoke his $500 bail set for the first driving under the influence charge, according to District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.
Greene’s problems with the legal system began in January 2008 when he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor forgery. The charge stemmed from allegations that he forged City Manager Edward Barrett’s signature on a bill he submitted to the city for $9,000.
According to an investigation by staff from the state Attorney General’s Office, Greene, a professional photographer and owner of Klyne Studio, submitted the invoice seeking $9,000 in “usage fees” for the public display of nine mayoral portraits he took in 1997 and 1998. The portraits line the halls of the top floor at City Hall, which also is where Greene’s portrait can be seen.
Since his initial arrest, Greene has had numerous other arrests, for shoplifting groceries, stealing alcohol, passing bad checks and for outstanding warrants. Despite his legal troubles, Greene remained on the City Council until June 2008, when he was sentenced to five days in jail for the forgery and shoplifting offenses.
BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.