Passamaquoddy tribal official facing OUI charge

Posted Sept. 02, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
Clayton Sockabasin
Bar Harbor Police Department
Clayton Sockabasin

INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine — The vice-chief of Indian Township, one of two Passamaquoddy Tribe communities in Washington County, is facing a drunken driving charge in Hancock County.

Contacted Tuesday by phone, Clayton Sockabasin, 44, of Princeton declined to comment on his June 4 arrest in Bar Harbor on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants. When asked if the arrest has affected his status as vice chief of Indian Township, Sockabasin again declined to comment.

Sockabasin was arrested about 12:30 a.m. June 4 after Officer Larry Fickett pulled him over for a traffic violation near the intersection of Route 3 and West Street in downtown Bar Harbor, according to Sgt. David Kerns of the Bar Harbor Police Department.

After taking a breathalyzer test, the results of which Kerns declined to specify, Sockabasin was placed under arrest, Kerns said. Sockabasin later was released from the Bar Harbor police station on a personal recognizance bond.

Sockabasin’s defense attorney, Josh Tardy of Newport, said Tuesday that, to his knowledge, Sockabasin’s arrest has not affected his status as the tribal vice chief at Indian Township. Aside from confirming some circumstances of his client’s arrest, Tardy declined to comment further.

A dispositional conference on Sockabasin’s case is scheduled in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court in Ellsworth on Sept. 15, according to court documents.

Sockabasin is running for re-election as vice chief at Indian Township in tribal elections scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3. The race is contested, with Leslie Nicholas vying with Sockabasin for the same position.

BDN reporter Tim Cox contributed to this story.

 

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