Suzanne Phillips, a 36 year-old town councilor from Gorham, Maine, pleaded guilty to drunk driving in exchange for having her charges of leaving the scene of an accident dropped.
The charges stemmed from a May 4, 2012 incident in which Phillips hit two parked cars at around 1 AM and then drove off. Police were directed by a witness to Phillips’s location, and found that her blood alcohol content was .11, and thus above the legal limit of .08.
Phillips claims she struck the vehicles after swerving to avoid a drunk pedestrian, and only left the scene to get her insurance card and other materials necessary to make a report of the incident.
No one was hurt in the motor vehicle collision.
Phillips has agreed to pay a $600 fine and have her driver’s license suspended for 90 days. She remains on the Gorham Town Council and has indicated that she will make a public statement regarding the charges at the next Town Council meeting.
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