Woman guilty of 4th operating after suspension

Posted Nov. 16, 2009, at 9:13 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A local woman whose 5-year-old son had to flag down drivers on busy Route 15 last summer to come to her aid because she was under the influence of drugs was sentenced Monday in 13th District Court.

Kim Fournier, 31, pleaded guilty to operating after suspension and was fined $1,000 with all but $500 suspended. Her license was suspended for 90 days. She also pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and was fined $500.

Dover-Foxcroft police Officer Todd Lyford said outside the courtroom that this was Fournier’s fourth OAS conviction since 2005.

District Attorney R. Christopher Almy, who called the case “bizarre,” said in court that Fournier had parked her vehicle in a cemetery July 28 when her son ran to Route 15 and flagged down two drivers, who stopped to help. The motorists alerted police and the Mayo Regional Emergency Medical Service, Almy said.

At the time, Fournier’s license was under suspension.

Lyford said he found Fournier slumped over in the driver’s seat.

Almy said she was taken into custody and tests showed she had in her system methadone and hydroxyalprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

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