February 19, 2020
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Houlton councilor verifies OUI charge

HOULTON, Maine — A town councilor on Monday evening acknowledged he was charged with operating while under the influence of intoxicants earlier this month.

Brian Donnelly, who was elected to the council last November, spoke to the public after Monday evening’s meeting began.

Donnelly said he was responding to rumors about the charge that had been swirling in the community. During a meeting at the town office, which was broadcast on the town’s public access channel, Donnelly confirmed he had been charged with OUI.

He maintained that the charge does not affect his duties as a councilor and that he expected to continue to serve the community as a town official.

He did not elaborate on the charge but said he was grateful to friends and family for their support after the charge was lodged.

The incident occurred just after 12:44 a.m. Friday, April 3.

Butch Asselin, chief of the Houlton Police Department, said Tuesday that Donnelly was stopped on North Street when police believed he was speeding.

After field sobriety tests, Donnelly was arrested and charged with OUI.

He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail and later released.

Donnelly will answer to the charge in Houlton District Court on May 26.

Asselin did not disclose Donnelly’s blood-alcohol content, calling it “nonconviction data” that he was not comfortable releasing.

The chief said Donnelly has one prior OUI conviction. Prior news articles indicate that conviction was in 2007.

Efforts to reach Donnelly for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

The recent incident was investigated by Houlton Police Officer Stewart Kennedy and Sgt. Troy Fitzpatrick.

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