Brewer police officer suspended, demoted after pleading guilty to OUI

6:36 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Just days after being charged with drunk driving in Bangor, a police officer in Brewer has now pleaded guilty to the crime. It was last weekend when captain Chris Martin was charged with operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Bangor police say they stopped Martin in his car while he was driving on Griffin Road in the Queen City.

On Wednesday Chris Martin faced stiff consequences from the Brewer Police Department following his appearance in court. The department says Martin will have to serve a 60 day suspension from work without pay, he will then be on probation for a year and then he will be demoted from a captain to a leuitenant when he returns to the department.

Martin appeared very stoic and quiet as he plead guilty to OUI at the Penobscot Judicial Center Wednesday afternoon. Police in Bangor say he was off duty when he was stopped in Bangor and charged OUI.

OUI is a Class D crime that carries with it a sentence of up to 364 days in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. On Wednesday Martin received a more lenient sentence from justice John Lucy. The former captain will either spend 48 hours in the Penobscot County Jail or have to compete an alternative sentencing program in Sagadahoc County for that same amount of time. Martin also had to forfeit his drivers license in court as it will be suspended for 90 days. He also had to pay $700 in fines.


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