Scarborough town councilor pleads guilty to OUI in settlement

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SCARBOROUGH — Town Council Vice Chairwoman Judith Roy has pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Superior Court to one charge of drunken driving.

In a settlement approved by Judge Richard Mulhern on Jan. 13, Roy, 68, of Second Avenue, pleaded guilty to one charge of operating under the influence and paid a $500 fine plus $140 in court fees and agreed to a 90-day license suspension.

Considering the time her license has already been under suspension, Roy will be allowed to drive again on Feb. 10.

Roy on Wednesday said it feels “very good” to have this episode behind her. She said she opted to take the plea deal to avoid the publicity a trial would have caused.

“I didn’t want you, the media, out there all over me again, printing wrong material,” she said. “I didn’t want to face that again.”

Roy was arrested Sept. 17 at her home after police received a complaint about her driving on Black Point Road. Her blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

She was charged with two counts of operating under the influence and released with a summons to appear in court.

In November, Roy pleaded not guilty to both charges. As part of the plea agreement, one OUI charge was dropped.

At the time of her arrest, Roy was the Town Council chairwoman. She announced in October that she would not resign her seat on the council, but said she wouldn’t try to continue as chairwoman after the November election.

She was later elected vice chairwoman by her council colleagues. 

In October, Roy admonished the news media for its coverage of her arrest. During a Town Council meeting, she asked to be allowed to navigate the legal system “unencumbered by inaccurate information, fueled by the rumor mill” and “devoid of the sometimes ruthless zeal of reporters to create the news rather than report the news.”

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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Scarborough Town Council Vice Chairwoman Judith Roy.