NEW INFO: Fmr. Owen Police Chief Accused of Driving Drunk, Sexual Misconduct

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Documents just released to NewsChannel 7 show that former City of Owen police chief Randy Poirier, 45, resigned last month because of allegations of drunk driving, sexual misconduct and intimidation of citizens.

An investigation led by the Marshfield Police Department details several citizen complaints from residents of Owen. It found there were five different incidents of sexual misconduct in four different locations of Sept. 8, the night of the town's Indian Summer Fest.

Several witnesses report that Poirier was engaging in sexually lewd behavior in public with a woman who isn't his wife, in some cases while juveniles were nearby.

In a police interview with Poirier, the former chief admitted to the sexual behavior, but said he couldn't recall any juveniles being in the area.

Poirier was also found to have broken the law when he drove drunk on Sept. 8. He admitted that he was very intoxicated that night and should not have driven a motor vehicle. He went on to say there have been other occasions when he as the police chief has been intoxicated and decided to drive his vehicle home anyway.

He's also accused of encouraging someone to bring an open intoxicant into his vehicle and letting her drink the alcohol while he was driving, which he admitted according to the now public records.

He also acknowledged that these are the same type of violations for which he arrests other drivers.

A detective found pornography on his work computer, as well as illegally downloaded files.

He's also accused of intimidating two witnesses.

So far the chief has not been charged with anything and it's unclear if there will be any further action.

NewsChannel 7 will continue to follow up on this story and bring you any new information as it becomes available.

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