Glenburn councilor sentenced for OUI

Posted Oct. 08, 2010, at 10:21 p.m.
Kevin Paschal (PHOTO COURTESY OF PENOBSCOT COUNTY JAIL)
Penob. Cty Jail
Kevin Paschal (PHOTO COURTESY OF PENOBSCOT COUNTY JAIL)

BANGOR, Maine — A Glenburn town councilor was sentenced Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to spend 48 hours in the alternative sentencing program and ordered to pay a $600 fine on a drunken driving charge.

Kevin Paschal’s driver’s license also was suspended for 90 days.

Paschal, 48, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants around midnight Aug. 11. He was released on bail at 5:20 a.m., a Penobscot County Jail official said last month.

Paschal’s blood alcohol level was 0.20 percent, almost 2½ times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Paschal has no previous convictions.

As a first-time offender with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 percent, Paschal faced a mandatory 48-hour jail sentence, a mandatory minimum fine of $500 and a 90-day license suspension.

The District Attorney’s Office recommended that the fine be $100 more than the mandatory minimum because Paschal’s blood alcohol level was so high and his condition was determined after an accident.

Information about the one-car accident was not available Friday.

The alternative sentencing program run by Penobscot County will be held at Orono High School the weekend of Oct. 30 and 31, according to R. Christopher Almy, the county’s district attorney.

It allows people convicted of drunken driving for the first time to serve their sentences over a weekend. They often work on community service projects such as painting a school or shutting down a camp for the winter.

Paschal earned a second three-year term on the Glenburn Town Council in June.

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