Maine trooper facing drunk driving charges writes email to colleagues

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A veteran Maine State Police sergeant facing drunken driving charges has written an email to colleagues asking them not to be angry at the fellow troopers who arrested him.

Sgt. Robin Parker wrote in the email "I have no resentment towards these men and I ask that you don't either."

He says in the email obtained by the Portland Press Herald that he wrote it after hearing that some troopers were upset that he was not "treated differently" when pulled over on the Maine Turnpike in Gray on Dec. 18.

He also says that he is embarrassed by the situation.

Parker's lawyer said he was not involved in the writing or distribution of the email, but discussed it with his client.

Parker joined the state police in 1994.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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Roger J Stavitz's picture

Thanks For Serving!

Dear Maine State Police Officer, Robin Parker

I am sorry to hear of your unfortunate disease called ALCOHOLISM, which my genes have allowed me to escape. Extreme pressure does not cause me to drink alcohol or self medicate with drugs, nicotine or other prescription medications, although I have sampled all enough to know what their effects are, and they never had much of an attraction to me. But I am morbidly obese, despite taking heart meds, insulin, anti-depressants, and another way I tend to react to pressure is to isolate, so you know I am unemployed and on disability, because it’s kind of hard to be employed and isolate.

I want to say to you, the same thing we say to our current war vets, and that is, A HEARTY, “THANKS FOR SERVING!” I have no idea what your future holds for you, but I have some idea of the stressful job you’ve had for 17 years on the Maine State Police, and I’m sure that some years, you were out in the cold on slippery highways with oncoming traffic, approaching vehicles from behind with your hand near your weapon, not knowing whether you were going to talk to an elderly granny or an escaped convict with a gun pointed right at you.

Granted. Police can quit, and they generally go home every night, which is not true of soldiers in a war, but 17 years of duty is a LOT OF STRESS, so I say, THANKS FOR SERVING, and I’m sure glad there are people like you who want that job, because a I sure don’t. LOL It’s a tough one.

Just last summer, I was in a small Maine town, sitting outside on the grass beside the library, after getting bored with a Civil War program, waiting for my friends to exit. A small runaway dog had approached me. An officer pulled up, a local cop, got out, and opened his door. It was clear to me he wasn’t sure whether he was going to catch the dog, or had an old drunken sick person on his hands, waiting to be taken in....LOL Within a few moments, the doggy ran off, and he realized that I was fine, and he groaned, and said, “It never stops!” It was a Sunday evening in a small town of 2,000 people in Maine, and this guy was exhausted, trying to figure out who had to be helped, and when, and why. I smiled and told him that he had a tough job, as he drove off after the escaped pet, with a friend of mine running down the block in pursuit of the dog....LOL

I had a problem in my community, and was contacted by a sheriff’s officer on medical leave, who had problems serious enough to cause him to take medical retirement, and it was so bad, it’s possible he might have passed on in the intervening years. He told me how, many years ago, he was responding to a crisis situation at a house, and had an terrible anxiety attack, worried that he might be shot to death that night, and never see his family again. He spent a lot of time in therapy after that, and realized he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from events in his job, over the years. He managed to stay on the job with his PTSD in a managed care mode, but his brain disease finally forced him to retire. I told him, “Thanks for serving!,” also.

I think many of the angry comments I see in the Bangor Daily News comments section, as there always are angry comments, and everybody is anonymous, as opposed to the policy of the Lewiston Sun Journal, where people are forced to use their real name and identity to comment, are people who are angry with authority, or perhaps have been treated unfairly by authority. I’m not criticizing them, and they have a right to be angry with you, and say whatever they wish. All I’m saying is there is another side of your story, a human side, and I wish you the best, and thank you for being out there on the highways all of those years, looking out for our safety. Roger Stavitz in Danforth, Maine.

Bob Deschenes's picture

Drinking charges

I commend this trooper for his words. He is accepting responsibility for his actions. I would like the law to go easy on him.

Bob Deschenes's picture

drinking charges

I kinda meant that after he receives what he deserves, that he be allowed to return to is job. This is his forst offense I believe. Unless he was totally plastered. We don't know yet the results of the test. I live out in the sticks, I also was a police officer at one time. It is always a judgement call on anything you do. You have to be responsible for your actions. Supposed he had let him go and further down the road he would have had an accident, both officers would have been worse off.

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Mr. Deschenes

I commend this trooper for his words. He is accepting responsibility for his actions. I would like the law to treat him the same as any other citizen

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drunk

It's about time officers aren't afraid to arrest one of their own. I've seen many officers cause needless accidents because they were in a hurry and used thier authority to get away with speeding, and drinking.

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doing their job

I am kind of glad they did what they did. I understand the rule of thumb, but drinking and driving is against the "law". and it goes for ALL people. I'm sure there are many many troopers , cops & sheriffs who get away with DUI and it should not happen. If you break the law no matter what walk of life you are, you should be arrested. I praise those troopers who "did their job."

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