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Habitual drunken driver found driving with .12 percent blood alcohol level, police say

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Livermore Falls man with a history of convictions for drunken driving and operating with a revoked license was arrested by Jay police Thursday night.

Albert J. Abbott, 42, appeared in 12th District Court on Friday on felony charges of aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation and operating under the influence, according to court documents.

Judge Nancy Carlson set bail at $35,000 cash.

Jay police officer Mike Mejia stopped a vehicle for an expired registration and suspicion of false attachment of plates, he said in an affidavit. He spoke to the driver and discovered Abbott’s license was revoked, even though Abbott initially provided him with a false date of birth.

The officer arrested Abbott and was taking him to Franklin County Jail in Farmington when another officer told him Abbott was on probation for manslaughter/OUI conviction, the affidavit states. Abbott is barred from using alcohol during probation.

The alcohol breath test showed Abbott had a .12 percent blood alcohol level, the affidavit states.

According to the state’s complaints filed with the court, Abbott had three or more convictions for operating after habitual offender revocation and two convictions for operating under the influence within the past 10 years.

He was convicted of operating after habitual offender revocation and operating under the influence on June 25, 2008, in Somerset County Superior Court and July 8, 2008, in Oxford County Superior Court. He was also convicted of operating after habitual offender revocation on Feb. 28, 2005, in Skowhegan District Court, the complaint states.

Judge Carlson also set conditions that Abbott not use or possess alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs and that he be subject to random searches. He was also ordered not to operate any motorized vehicle.

Bail can be revisited once counsel is assigned. He is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on March 22, 2013, in Farmington.


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