AUBURN — A Livermore man facing manslaughter and aggravated drunken driving charges was released from jail Tuesday.
Christian J. Parlin, 24, spent the weekend behind bars after he was arrested Friday on a warrant stemming from a May 24 fatal crash in Turner that killed a 54-year-old Jay man.
Police wrote Friday in a sworn affidavit that the level of alcohol in Parlin’s blood was 0.166 percent, which is over Maine’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. Police had applied for a search warrant in June to obtain samples of Parlin’s blood drawn at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he was taken after the crash.
A crash reconstruction expert studied skid marks on the road at the scene, statements made by Parlin and data recovered from the computer in Parlin’s 2011 Jeep Liberty SUV.
Parlin was northbound on Route 4 when his SUV crossed the centerline into the southbound lane. William Rodgers was southbound when he apparently saw Parlin headed for him and swerved his 2014 Dodge Caravan minivan to the left in an effort to avoid a crash. At the same time, Parlin swerved right to get back into his lane, according to Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Deputy Victor Barr II.
The charge of manslaughter is punishable by up to 30 years in prison; aggravated criminal OUI, 10 years.
Because the charges are felonies, Parlin didn’t enter pleas. Felonies must be charged in a grand jury indictment to go to trial. An Androscoggin County grand jury convened Monday and was expected to rise Tuesday.
Wearing a blue jail suit, Parlin’s hands were cuffed, his ankles shackled. Parlin stood before a judge in Androscoggin County Superior Court who reduced his bail from $10,000 cash to personal recognizance at the urging of prosecutors.
While awaiting trial, Parlin may not have alcohol, illegal drugs or marijuana. He is barred from operating any motor vehicle.
Christian Parlin (Androscoggin County Jail photo)
Vehicles are towed after a fatal accident in Turner on May 24. Christian Parlin, the driver of the SUV, was charged with manslaughter and aggravated OUI. (Sun Journal file photo)