ROCKLAND, Maine — A 47-year-old Spruce Head man is being held in jail until at least Friday after he fled the courthouse Tuesday morning before the start of his jury trial on a drunken driving charge.
John R. Whoriskey fled after he learned that Judge Jeffrey Hjelm was going to order a breathalyzer test because he suspected the defendant was under the influence at the courthouse, according to Judicial Marshal Chris Roes.
Roes ran after Whoriskey and caught him less than 200 feet from the courthouse in back of the Strout Payson law firm.
Whoriskey was then charged with the additional crime of violating a condition of release, according to court officials. He had been free on bail on the OUI charge with the condition that he not consume alcohol.
The marshal reported smelling alcohol on Whoriskey’s breath as the defendant passed through screening to enter the courthouse. Roes reported after he caught Whoriskey that the man admitted to having had something to drink before coming to court.
Whoriskey was ordered held until the trial, which was rescheduled for Friday.