Former Topsham police chief disputes charges of drunken driving

Posted Feb. 07, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
Timothy Young
Times Record
Timothy Young

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A former longtime Brunswick police officer who served nine years as Topsham’s police chief has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Timothy Young, 55, who was Topsham’s police chief before leaving in May 2012, pleaded not guilty to an OUI charge and is scheduled for a pretrial conference next month in Portland.

Brunswick Deputy Police Chief Marc Hagan said Young was issued a “field sobriety test” after being stopped by officer Dan Sylvain on suspicion of improper operation on McKeen Street just before midnight Nov. 17, 2012.

Young, the sole occupant of a black 2002 Jeep, was allegedly weaving and failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign.

Hagan said Young “was asked to do a field sobriety test” and then arrested at 12:25 a.m. Nov. 18 on a charge of operating under the influence. He was taken to the police station and released on $800 unsecured bail, Hagan said.

The case was initially entered in West Bath District Court, then transferred to the court in Portland.

Young pleaded not guilty in West Bath District Court on Dec. 7, then the case was transferred to Cumberland County United Criminal Court. Young opted to “appear by letter,” according to his attorney, John Richardson.

Richardson said Tuesday that “we have a number of issues to pursue to prove his innocence.”

“Tim would be the first person to say no one is above the law,” Richardson said.

Richardson said police did not conduct a breath test to determine Young’s blood alcohol content, so it comes down to the impressions of the officer as to how Young was driving and whether or not he was intoxicated.

Hagan said Young refused to take a breath test.

“We believe the facts will show he was not intoxicated at the time of the stop and we’ll let the facts of the case be decided in the proper forum,” Richardson said.

Young has a dispositional conference currently scheduled for March 7 at Cumberland County United Criminal Court.

The conference is held in chambers, Richardson said, and is an opportunity for the prosecutor, defense attorney and judge to talk about the circumstances of the case and determine whether charges should go forward.

Young resigned effective May 4, 2012, after nine years as Topsham’s police chief after working in law enforcement for more than 35 years.

He joined the Brunswick Police Department in 1981 and left the department at the rank of commander after 22 years, in 2003, to take the police chief position in Topsham.

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