Prosecutor put on leave after OUI

Posted Aug. 31, 2009, at 9:54 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Penobscot County assistant district attorney arrested last week by Hampden police for drunken driving has been placed on paid administrative leave, District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Monday.

Brendan Trainor, 33, of Hampden has been charged with operating under the influence of intoxicants.

Trainor was stopped by Hampden police before being taken to the Penobscot County Jail about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. His blood alcohol level was 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to Almy, Trainor’s boss.

“Brendan is a good prosecutor,” Almy said. “He’s a good person. He will be treated just like anybody else.”

Almy said that he expects the case to be transferred to 5th District Court in Belfast to avoid any possible conflict of interest in Penobscot County. Geoffrey Rushlau, district attorney in Waldo County, and his staff will handle the case.

“Brendan should be held accountable for his conduct like every other citizen,” Almy said.

A court date in Waldo County has not been set.

Almy said that Trainor is on paid administrative leave until Sept. 8.

Trainor has worked in the district attorney’s Bangor office for three years. He has no criminal record, according to Almy.

A first OUI offense with a blood alcohol level above 0.14 carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 48 hours in jail, a 90-day license suspension and a $500 fine. Fines and penalties increase with subsequent offenses.

Trainor could be eligible to serve his 48 hours in Penobscot County’s alternative sentencing program.

That program allows first-time offenders to serve their jail time over a weekend without actually spending the night in a cell. Instead, they might stay at a local school or other public building and paint or do minor repairs but would not be allowed to leave the facility voluntarily.

Because he is a member of the Maine bar, Trainor would be eligible to seek confidential assistance from the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers and Judges. The program was established six years ago by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to offer assistance to members of the legal profession who might have problems of drug abuse, depression or other conditions that could impair their professional effectiveness.

jharrison@bangordailynews.net

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