HOULTON, Maine — A Silver Ridge man who has been convicted of criminal operating under the influence three times and who was arrested again for the same crime along with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs in February was sentenced to jail last month and will be unable to drive any motorized vehicle for three years.
Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Kurt Kafferlin said late last week that Andrew L. Allen was tried in front of Justice Kevin Cuddy in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Aug. 7.
According to court documents, Maine State Police received a report that Allen, 46, was operating a vehicle erratically Feb. 8. State Trooper Jillian Monahan pulled Allen over on Silver Ridge Road in Silver Ridge and Allen allowed Monahan to search the vehicle, which he said belonged to his girlfriend. The girlfriend also authorized the search.
State police Sgt. Chad Fuller and Trooper Jacob Ferland also arrived on the scene. Fuller, who said he was familiar with Allen, noticed that Allen’s speech was slower and more slurred than usual and his eyes were glassy and red. Kafferlin said that Fuller detected no odor of alcohol and suspected that the defendant was impaired by drugs.
Fuller conducted a number of field sobriety tests, which Allen failed. While searching the car, Ferland and Monahan found a pill, later identified as clonazepam, in the armrest of the driver’s side door. A partial straw, which typically is used for snorting drugs, was found in the passenger’s side door.
Allen was arrested and taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton, where two more clonazepam pills were found in his pockets.
Kafferlin said that Allen was represented during the one-day trial by Jeff Pickering, a Houlton attorney.
Allen, a repeat drunken driver, has an extensive criminal motor vehicle history that includes several speeding convictions stretching back to 1983 and spanning different parts of the state, according to Kafferlin. He was convicted of criminal operating under the influence in Dover-Foxcroft in 1984. In 1986, he was convicted of operating after suspension in Lincoln, and in 1994, he was convicted of failing to have a child in a safety seat along with operating after suspension. In Connecticut in 1999, he was convicted of operating an unregistered motor vehicle, along with drinking in public in Maine’s Cumberland County.
In 2000, Allen was convicted of criminal OUI and operating after suspension in Millinocket. He was sentenced to a $450 fine and a 90-day license suspension. In 2004, he was convicted of criminal OUI in Bangor. He was sentenced to nine days in jail, a $600 fine, and a 90-day license suspension. In 2007, he was convicted of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs for having oxycodone in Penobscot County. In 2010 he was convicted of operating after habitual offender revocation in Aroostook County.
Allen was sentenced on Aug. 21 to 364 days in jail with all but 60 days suspended, followed by one year of probation, a $700 fine, and a three-year license suspension.