SIDNEY — A Biddeford man faces charges that he drove around drunk with his 4-year-old son in the car’s passenger seat, police said.

The man, Tony A. Leland, 46, of 4 White Tail Drive, Biddeford, was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy Friday night on Middle Road. He registered a blood-alcohol content three times more than the legal limit, according to Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.

Police said Leland’s son was released into the custody of an uncle and grandfather.

Liberty said they were lucky to stop Leland before anyone got hurt.

Police were called at 8:13 p.m. Friday with a report of an erratic car driving in Sidney. Deputy Michael Dutil found the 1995 Saab on Middle Road and pulled it over because one of its headlights was out.

Dutil also noticed a bottle of alcohol between the two front seats, according to a police affidavit filed in court.


Leland appeared intoxicated to Dutil. He subsequently failed a field sobriety test and his blood-alcohol content registered at .26, according to Liberty. The legal limit for driving is .08.

“We also found him in possession of Oxycontin; we found four pills on him that were not prescribed to him,” Liberty said.

Liberty said police did not determine where Leland had been driving from.

Police charged him unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, endangering the welfare of a child, operating under the influence and violating conditions of release.

Leland had been on bail on a prior charge of OUI in southern Maine, according to Liberty, and the latest charge marked his third OUI.

He made his initial court appearance Monday and was being held at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta on $5,000 cash bail, according to a jail official.

Scott Monroe — 861-9239

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