BATH — Mark Westrum, correctional administrator of the Two Bridges Regional Jail and a former Sagadahoc County sheriff, was charged Oct. 7 with operating under the influence.
The 55-year-old Dummer Street resident was allegedly driving on Front Street with no lights on when Bath Police Department Officer Mike Lever and Sgt. Mike Lathrop arrested him at about 9:45 p.m., according to a department report. Westrum was released on personal recognizance bail from the Bath police station, and is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court Nov. 22.
“It’s a typical case, where we stop somebody and there are signs of alcohol consumption and impairment,” Bath Police Lt. Bob Savary said in an interview Tuesday, noting that field sobriety tests followed the traffic stop.
The results are used to determine if an officer has “probable cause to think that a crime was committed, and in this case (the officers) did. A crime of OUI.”
Westrum was cooperative during the arrest, said Savary, who refused to report Westrum’s blood alcohol level.
Westrum, who is also chairman of the state Board of Corrections, was sheriff from 1993-2008, after which he became administrator at Two Bridges, which serves Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties.