Camden man drove drunk with child in car, police say

Posted Dec. 24, 2012, at 1:14 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 20-year-old Camden man was expected to be bailed out Christmas Eve after spending the weekend in jail following a single car crash in which police said he was intoxicated and carrying a 7-year-old.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash Monday morning in Rockland District Court for Khidhr Odom. Odom was charged with criminal operating under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child, and operating beyond license restrictions.

According to a report filed by Camden police with the court, officers went to the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon shortly after 4 p.m. near the intersection of Bayview and Chestnut streets in Camden.

The police report did not provide details about the accident but indicated that there were no injuries in the crash.

Odom, who was identified as the driver of the vehicle, denied drinking but officers said he appeared intoxicated. An intoxilyzer test found his blood alcohol level at 0.24 — three times greater than the 0.08 limit considered to be under the influence.

Odom continued to deny drinking but fell asleep in the cruiser on the way to jail, and at the jail he could not be awoken, so Odom was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport as a precaution.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald asked that Odom be held until he signs a contract with Maine Pretrial Services. Defense attorney Jeremy Pratt, however, argued that Odom should have 48 hours to meet with the agency to sign the contract because otherwise the Camden man would be spending Christmas in jail.

Fernald countered that there were many “red flags” in terms of Odom presenting a significant public safety risk. The prosecutor cited a prior OUI conviction this year and a criminal mischief conviction for breaking a car windshield.

Judge Susan Sparaco agreed to allow Odom to be released from jail Monday with the condition that he remain at his home, not have contact with children, and sign the pretrial contract within 48 hours.

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