Second UMaine hockey player charged in Bar Harbor incident

Posted July 28, 2009, at 8:13 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A second University of Maine men’s hockey player is facing charges after one of his teammates was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of drunken driving.

Joseph Diamond, 20, of Long Beach, N.Y., was charged in the same incident that led to the arrest of Nicholas Payson, 21, of Veazie, according to Bar Harbor police Officer Soren Sundberg. Payson, who was arrested early Sunday morning, is facing a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants while Diamond was summoned on a charge of possession of alcohol by a minor, Sundberg said Tuesday.

Sundberg said he started following a 2008 GMC on Route 3 around 1:30 a.m. Sunday because the vehicle appeared to be driving erratically. He decided to stop the vehicle near College of the Atlantic after a passenger who turned out to be Diamond climbed halfway out the passenger side window while the vehicle was moving, he said.

“I was right behind him,” Sundberg said Tuesday. “He was hanging out the window and waving his arms. His butt was all the way out the window.”

Sundberg said that five people were in the car but the other passengers are not facing charges. There was alcohol in the vehicle, he said, but he declined to give more specific details. The case is still under investigation, he said.

Payson was driving at the speed limit, which is 35 mph, when he was pulled over, according to Sundberg.

The officer said neither Payson nor Diamond caused any problems after being stopped by police.

“They were very cooperative with me,” Sundberg said.

University of Maine spokesman Joe Carr said Tuesday that, as an incoming freshman, Diamond is not yet a UMaine student. Nonetheless, Diamond is expected to meet with UMaine athletic director Blake James this week to discuss the incident and his expected status with the hockey team.

“We don’t know yet what the outcome of that discussion will be,” Carr said.

Payson, a sophomore forward, has been suspended indefinitely from the hockey team and also is expected to meet with James this week, Carr said Monday.

Diamond, a right wing who led his high school team to a state championship in 2006, led the United States’ under-18 team to a silver medal in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic in August of that year. He has attended South Kent School in Connecticut for the past two years.

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