Maine state trooper on leave after drunken driving charge

Posted Dec. 22, 2011, at 12:06 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 23, 2011, at 8:04 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine State Police Trooper is on paid administrative leave after he was charged with operating under the influence over the weekend.

Sgt. Robin Parker of Sanford, a 17-year veteran of the force, was pulled over in the northbound lane of the Maine Turnpike near the New Gloucester toll plaza on Sunday night, Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland told the Bangor Daily News.

Parker is assigned to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, McCausland said.

The evidence is being reviewed by Col. Robert Williams, according to McCausland.

Parker “was charged with OUI.” McCausland said. “It will now proceed through the court system.”

Parker was charged and then released on Sunday night. He was driving his personal vehicle and wasn’t on duty, McCausland said.

McCausland declined to divulge Parker’s blood alcohol content or whether he took any field sobriety tests.