Former Rockland police chief charged with OUI

Posted Jan. 20, 2010, at 6:49 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Former Rockland Police Chief Alfred Ockenfels was arrested last week on a charge of operating while under the influence of alcohol after his vehicle got stuck in a snowbank.

Rockport police on Friday, Jan. 15, received a call about an incident at the corner of Spring Lane and Gurney Street, Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley said Wednesday. The officers found the vehicle driven by Ockenfels had two wheels on one side of a snowbank and two wheels on the other.

After failing a breathalyzer test, Ockenfels was placed under arrest and brought to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. He was later released.

Ockenfels ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 2006 after working with the Rockland Police Department for 26 years, serving as chief for 16 of those years.

The case remains under investigation, Kelley said.

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