DA: Brewer police captain to plead guilty to drunken driving charge Wednesday

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 28, 2013, at 9:11 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Brewer police captain charged with drunken driving Saturday night is scheduled to plead guilty to the charge and be sentenced Wednesday afternoon at the Penobscot Judicial Center, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Capt. Christopher Martin, 41, of Bangor was summoned for operating under the influence of alcohol, Lt. Paul Edwards, spokesman for the Bangor police, said Monday.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 7 on one count of the charge, a misdemeanor.

Martin’s blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, who is prosecuting the case.

The captain was not on duty Saturday night, Roberts said Monday.

Because Martin’s blood alcohol level was higher than .15 and because he has no prior convictions for operating under the influence of intoxicants, he would qualify for an alternative sentencing program.

Run by sheriffs’ offices around the state, the program allows individuals to serve a mandatory 48-hour jail sentence as part of a work crew in the community, usually at a local school. The inmates often paint classrooms and-or do fall or spring cleanups.

The program includes more than six hours of discussion about alcohol and substance abuse at night with licensed counselors, community service at a school and no contact with family or friends. The men and women sleep at the schools or other institutions in separate rooms on cots.

Martin’s attorney, Kirk Bloomer of Bangor, said Tuesday that his client has been accepted into the October program in Sagadahoc County. Penobscot County’s next alternative sentencing event with available space is in December.

In addition to 48 hours in jail, Martin faces a mandatory minimum fine of $500 and a 90-license suspension.

Martin has been placed on paid administrative leave, Brewer Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said Monday.

Martin’s yearly salary is $68,000, according to Moffitt.

Efforts to reach Martin for comment Monday were unsuccessful.

A concerned motorist driving on Union Street called Bangor police Saturday night to report an erratic driver, the prosecutor said, referring to a police report. The woman told the dispatcher that she was following Martin, who turned onto Griffin Road.

“He pulled off on his own into the parking lot of the Asian Palace II,” Roberts said. “That is where police found him. They took him to the station where an Intoxilyzer test was administered.”

Martin was released from the police station. He was not arrested, the prosecutor said.

Roberts said he did not know if someone picked Martin up or he left on foot. He also did not know where or when Martin had been drinking.

Martin has been with the Brewer Police Department for 19 years.

BDN writer Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.

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