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Former Nokomis coach pleads guilty to drunken driving

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Kori Dionne at sentencing Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A former varsity girls soccer and basketball coach at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport pleaded guilty Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to drunken driving.

Kori Dionne, 31, of Glenburn will serve her mandatory 72-hour sentence next month in the alternative sentencing program, which includes community service.

She resigned her coaching positions in late June but continues to work for Nokomis as an educational technician, according to her attorney, Joshua Tardy of Newport.

Dionne pleaded guilty Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to operating under the influence of intoxicants, a Class D crime. She was arrested June 8 in Bangor after a Falvey Street resident called police to report a running car in the middle of the roadway with a woman asleep inside, police said last month.

Her blood alcohol level was 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to ordering Dionne to attend the alternative sentencing program working over the weekend of Aug. 11-12 at a local school, District Court Judge Bruce Jordan ordered her to pay the mandatory minimum $600 fine for a first OUI conviction plus fees and surcharges. The judge also ordered that her license be suspended for 90 days.

Tardy said after the sentencing that it was important that Dionne accept responsibility for her crime.

“She’s looking forward to moving on with her life,” he said.

Dionne, a former point guard for Bangor High School and a 1999 graduate of the school, took over as coach of the Nokomis Warriors girls basketball team in 2007 and became the girls soccer coach in 2008, according to a previously published report.

Dionne led the girls basketball team to the Eastern Maine Class B championship game three years in a row, this year with an undefeated team that lost to Presque Isle in the finale.

She has a career record of 70-32 as the basketball coach, including 56-9 the last three years in Class B after two seasons in Class A, according to information in the Bangor Daily News sports archives.

Dionne has a career record of 26-28-3 in four seasons as the girls soccer coach, including 24-16-3 since the Warriors moved from Class A to Class B in 2009.

As a player at Bangor, Dionne was on the Rams team that advanced to the 1999 Eastern Maine Class A final, and she was a Penobscot Valley Conference softball all-star and Maine Softball Coaches Association all-star.

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