Nokomis coach arrested for OUI after being found slumped over in running car, police say

Posted June 26, 2012, at 3:02 p.m.
Last modified June 29, 2012, at 1:18 p.m.
Kori E. Dionne
Bangor Police Department
Kori E. Dionne

BANGOR, Maine — A resident on Falvey Street called police earlier this month to report a running car in the middle of the roadway with a woman asleep inside, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

Kori Dionne, 31, of Glenburn, the varsity girls soccer and basketball coach for Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, was behind the wheel, the sergeant said.

“She was belted in and the vehicle was running and she was slumped over to one side,” Edwards said.

Officer John Robinson, who arrived on the scene about 10 p.m. June 8, found the car sideways in the middle of the road and knocked on the window several times before getting a response from Dionne.

She was given a field sobriety test and then taken to the police station for an Intoxilyzer test.

Edwards would not release Dionne’s blood alcohol level, but did say the Intoxilyzer test results exceeded the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

Dionne was arrested for operating under the influence of intoxicants and taken to Penobscot County Jail. She later was released, Edwards said.

Dionne, a former point guard for Bangor High and a 1999 graduate of the school, took over as coach of the Nokomis Warriors girls basketball team in 2007 and became the girls soccer coach in 2008.

Regional School Unit 19 Superintendent William P. Braun was out of the office on Tuesday. Outgoing Athletic Director Jason Tardy said there is no hard-and-fast rule when dealing with coaches who break the law.

“Each school handles it a little bit differently,” he said.

School board Chairman Dan Costain said Tuesday that the board has not met since Dionne was charged and would not take any action until the matter has been resolved in court.

“No action has been taken,” he said.

Dionne has led the girls basketball team to the Eastern Maine Class B championship game three years in a row, this year with an undefeated team that lost to Presque Isle in the finale.

She has a career record of 70-32 as the basketball coach, including 56-9 the last three years in Class B after two seasons in Class A.

Dionne has a career record of 26-28-3 in four seasons as the girls soccer coach, including 24-16-3 since the Warriors moved from Class A to Class B in 2009.

As a player at Bangor, Dionne was on the Rams’ team that advanced to the 1999 Eastern Maine Class A final, and she was a Penobscot Valley Conference softball all-star and Maine Softball Coaches Association all-star.

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