Nick Payson of Veazie has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Maine men’s hockey team following an early Sunday morning arrest for operating under the influence.
Payson was arrested around 1:45 a.m. Sunday on Route 3 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, according to Bar Harbor police incident records.
Because officers familiar with the arrest could not be contacted Monday evening, additional details about the circumstances of Payson’s arrest were unavailable.
UMaine athletic director Blake James will meet with Payson later this week, according to UMaine spokesman Joe Carr.
“In keeping with standard practices, the student-athlete was suspended indefinitely,” said Carr. “Blake James and the student-athlete will meet this week to address the situation and determine the next steps. That will include an assessment of his status in regard to whether he’s in violation of the student-athlete code of conduct.”
Payson is a sophomore forward who played in 17 games last season after sitting out the 2007-08 season as a redshirt, He had 15 shots with no goals and no assists in 17 games last season. He also was called for two minor (two-minute) penalties.
The Bangor High School graduate and three-sport athlete played two seasons with the Portland Junior Pirates before coming to UMaine.
Payson was suspended from the UMaine hockey team in January, 2008, as a redshirt freshman after being charged with aggravated assault. He rejoined the team after being exonerated on the charges.
Payson has been assigned a Sept. 8 court date to appear in Ellsworth District Court.
BDN reporter Bill Trotter also contributed to this story