August 11, 2010

Coaching future uncertain for state rep. facing OUI charge

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Rep. Sean Flaherty's role as Scarborough High School's swimming coach is uncertain after he crashed his car and was charged with drunk driving Sunday.

Scarborough School Superintendent David Doyle said that while incumbents are generally renominated for coaching jobs, they are only one-year appointments.

The school has not yet made its winter appointments, but officials expect to do that a few weeks after the start of the school year, Doyle said.

Doyle said neither he nor the high school principal has spoken with Flaherty about the incident.

"What we know is simply what we have read," Doyle said. "There is a blood test and clearly we are waiting for the results of that to sit down and chat about whether he would continue or we would renominate him for that position."

Doyle said the team has had success under Flaherty.

"They were competitive in terms of their success, but there’s more to coaching than just wins and losses," Doyle said.

12:58 p.m.

Flaherty has had few driving tickets prior to OUI arrest

Rep. Sean Flaherty, D-Scarborough, who faces a drunk driving charge following a crash in Freeport on Sunday, received a speeding ticket in January and another in 2003, his only two moving violations since he received his license.

Flaherty, 25, is due in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland on Oct. 27 to answer the charge of driving while intoxicated. He was released from Cumberland County Jail on $2,500 unsecured bond.
 
Flaherty was headed south just before 2 a.m. on Interstate 295 in Freeport when he lost control of the car he was driving, which rolled over. State Police responded and charged him. He was given a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content though the results were not available early this week.

Flaherty was pulled over in January for going 75 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to his driving record. In 2003 – when he was 17 – he was ticketed for driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone. Besides that, he received tickets for not having proof of insurance in 2009 and not displaying a valid inspection sticker in 2002.

The only crash on his record also happened when he was 17. He lost control on a curve on Highland Avenue n Scarborough and crossed the center line hitting an oncoming car near a Little League ball field. The crash did a combined $10,000 in damage to both cars and there were minor injuries. Imprudent speed was listed as a primary contributing factor to the crash.

In addition to being a state representative, Flaherty coaches swimming at Scarborough High School and was a record-setting swimmer while he was a student there.
 

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