Former Camden police sergeant issued summons for violating bail conditions

Posted Nov. 12, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police said that a former Camden police sergeant was issued a summons this week after he was found unresponsive and smelling of alcohol in October while behind the wheel of a vehicle parked in Belfast.

Jason Hall, 42, of Hope was found by Sgt. John Gibbs of the Belfast Police Department on Oct. 16. The officer was responding to the report of a suspicious vehicle parked at the dam on Lower Congress Street, according to Chief Mike McFadden.

“The man appeared to be conscious but was [unresponsive],” the chief said Tuesday, adding that Hall was in a convertible with the top down. “Sgt. Gibbs shut the vehicle off and tried to communicate with the [unresponsive] subject, and [he] recognized him as former officer Jason Hall.”

Hall also is a selectman for the town of Hope, with his term ending in 2014, according to the website for that community.

Gibbs, who apparently smelled alcohol on the man’s breath, called for medical help. Hall was taken to Waldo County General Hospital for treatment and later released. He was not arrested or issued charges that night, McFadden said.

Police did request his blood alcohol content be tested, and when Gibbs looked into the matter further, he learned that Hall was out on bail for an operating under the influence charge he received Aug. 8 in Waldoboro. As part of his bail conditions, he was not to use or possess alcohol.

A Camden police official said Tuesday that Hall is no longer working with that agency, although he did not know exactly when his position had been terminated.

McFadden said Gibbs issued Hall a summons Monday after receiving the results of the blood alcohol content test. He also said that the case had been submitted to the Waldo County District Attorney’s office for review, and more charges may be forthcoming.

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