Former Bangor detective pleads guilty to OUI, gets 7 days in jail

Posted June 21, 2013, at 9:34 a.m.
Last modified June 21, 2013, at 3:31 p.m.
Erik Tall, the Bangor Police Department detective who was charged with drunken driving while on the job in Oct. 2012 pleaded guilty Friday morning at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
Erik Tall, the Bangor Police Department detective who was charged with drunken driving while on the job in Oct. 2012 pleaded guilty Friday morning at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
Erik Tall, the Bangor Police Department detective who was charged with drunken driving while on the job in Oct. 2012 pleaded guilty Friday morning at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
Erik Tall, the Bangor Police Department detective who was charged with drunken driving while on the job in Oct. 2012 pleaded guilty Friday morning at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

BANGOR, Maine — Resigned police detective Erik Tall pleaded guilty to an operating under the influence charge Friday morning at Penobscot Judicial Center and was sentenced to seven days in Penobscot County Jail.

In addition to the jail sentence, Tall was ordered to pay a $500 fine and his license was suspended for 90 days. District Court Judge John Lucy agreed to place a 7-day stay on that suspension at the request of Tall’s attorney, Marvin Glazier of Bangor. Tall was told to report to jail by 9:30 a.m. Friday.

After Lucy handed down the sentence, Glazier gave his client a pat on the back.

Tall, who was 39 when he was charged, at first entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney on Nov. 14. In March, Tall’s attorney attempted to suppress evidence in the case, but a plea deal was crafted afterward.

Tall, who had served on the city’s police force for 15 years — the most recent three keeping tabs on Bangor’s roughly 200 registered sex offenders — resigned from the Bangor Police Department on Jan. 10, former interim Police Chief Peter Arno said last winter.

After he was charged with operating under the influence on Oct. 3, Tall was placed on unpaid administrative leave and two investigations were launched, Arno said in October.

Fellow officers were tipped off that Tall had been drinking and went to the Airport Mall on Union Street to check up on him about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said at the time.

Almy said police used an Intoxilyzer test that showed Tall’s blood alcohol level was 0.13. The state’s legal limit for driving a vehicle is 0.08.

Lt. Mark Hathaway, the city’s police chief who was interim chief at the time of Tall’s arrest, charged the detective with operating under the influence, according to a previous report.

Before he joined the Bangor police force, Tall worked for the Orono Police Department and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Erik Tall’s first name as Eric. He was fined $500, not $50.

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