June 29, 2013

Man convicted of OUI asks governor to let him drive again

The clemency bid concerns a 1996 crash that killed three and led to a lifetime driving ban.

By DOUG HARLOW Morning Sentinel

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Bryan Carrier, 35, was 19 when he drove a pickup truck through a stop sign at high speed and struck a van, causing three deaths.

1997 Morning Sentinel file photo

"My sister advocated for the fact that he lost his license for life," Hare said. "Due to the severity of the accident, my sister didn't feel that he should ever have his license back."

Hare and other members of the families affected by the fatal accident said they want Carrier to stop his appeals and stop making them relive the memory of their loss.

"Let's remember the lives that were seriously involved, a mother, a 10-year-old boy and my cousin, who was 15 years old, and a 17-year-old that lived but is injured for the rest of her life," Knowles's cousin Christine Grasso of Woodburn, Ore., wrote in her victim impact statement opposing reinstatement. "The three victims that were killed will never receive a second chance at life."

Skowhegan attorney John Alsop, who represented Carrier in his appeal to the law court, declined to comment on the pardon request.

A woman answering the phone at Carrier Chipping in Skowhegan, where Bryan Carrier had been employed, said he no longer works for the company.

Efforts to reach Carrier were unsuccessful.

McAllian, at the Department of Corrections, said information on Carrier's application for a pardon, including the name of his current lawyer, is not public until the hearing set for 9 a.m. July 24 in the governor's office in Augusta.

The Governor's Board on Executive Clemency was established by Gov. Paul LePage in November 2011.

The three-member board has the power to grant reprieves, pardons and commutations and delivers its recommendations on each clemency petition to the governor, who has the final say.

Scott Fish, director of special projects at the Department of Corrections, said the current board is composed of lawyers, but that is not a requirement. Board members aren't paid. 

Doug Harlow can be contacted at 612-2367 or at:



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