Casco man with 39 traffic convictions arrested again

Posted May 07, 2012, at 6:23 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 50-year-old Casco man with 39 traffic convictions was arrested Saturday when he provided police with a false name, that of another man whose license also was under suspension.

Daniel J. Coyne was charged with operating after revocation as a habitual offender, violating a condition of release and attaching false plates.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash during a hearing Monday in 6th District Court in Rockland before Judge Susan Sparaco.

Police stopped Coyne, who was driving in South Thomaston on Saturday. Coyne provided police with an identification card and acted nervous, according to the report filed in court. When the name was checked, it was determined the person whose name he had given had a suspended driver’s license.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Coyne had gotten the identification card from a person at the Serenity House, a halfway house in Portland for people with substance or mental health problems.

Coyne has 39 traffic convictions and has had his license suspended 23 times, Rushlau told the court.

Rushlau asked for bail to be set at $2,500 cash.

Attorney Barry Pretzel, who served as defense attorney of the day for people being held at the jail, asked for lower bail, noting that Coyne had never failed to appear for a court hearing. He also said Coyne had a job in Rockland and had family in southern Maine and was not a risk to flee.

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