Athens man accused of OUI, driving over 90 mph in Cornville

Lawrence Holt
Courtesy of Somerset County Jail
Lawrence Holt
Posted April 02, 2012, at 7:44 p.m.

CORNVILLE, Maine — An Athens man was arrested early Saturday morning for drunken driving and traveling more than 90 mph, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

Lawrence Holt, 44, was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Saturday on charges of criminal speeding, operating under the influence and operating while his license was suspended or revoked.

“I passed him on the road and he was driving erratically,” said Cpl. Mike Ross on Monday. “I turned around to pull him over and he took off at a high rate of speed. I ended up catching him a few miles up the road and he pulled over.”

Holt’s 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass was traveling in excess of 90 mph in the 55-mph zone of Route 150, said Ross.

Ross said Holt may have panicked when Ross turned around, but Holt pulled over once Ross activated his lights.

“When I pulled him over, he didn’t have a license. It was suspended, and he was intoxicated,” said Ross, adding that Holt was cooperative.

Ross said the weather may have played a role in several OUI arrests over the weekend.

“Warm weather is bringing the people out of the woodwork, I would think,” said Ross. “I think it’s going to be a very long summer.”

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