The administrator of Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset was arrested in Bath on Friday and charged with operating under the influence, Bath police said.

Mark Westrum was stopped about 9:45 p.m. on Front Street after an officer saw him driving without his headlights on, said Bath police Lt. Robert Savary.

After police administered roadside field sobriety tests, they arrested Westrum and took him to the station, where he was administered a breathalyzer test. Savary would not release Westrum’s blood alcohol level, but the legal limit is .08.

Westrum was cooperative throughout the arrest and was released on personal recognizance, Savary said.

It was unclear Tuesday whether Westrum’s employment status at Two Bridges has been affected.

Two Bridges, the state’s only privately run jail, serves Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, and also accepts some prisoners from Oxford County.

Lincoln County Administrator John O’Connell and Sagadahoc County Administrator Pam Hile did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday morning, but the Two Bridges Regional Jail Authority, which oversees the jail, has scheduled a special meeting Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The sole item listed under “new business” is a “Move to go into executive session pursuant to 1 MRSA section 405 6 A: to discuss the appointment, assignment and duties of an individual.”

Westrum had previously served as Sagadahoc County sheriff.

A message left at his home in Bath was not immediately returned.

He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court Nov. 22.

In 2008, as sheriff of Sagadahoc County, Westrum was investigated after one of his deputies accused him of inappropriate touching, but an outside investigator did not find enough evidence to support the allegation. Westrum resigned the same year to assume the jail administrator position. Westrum’s career with the Sagadahoc Sheriff’s Office began in 1988 as a detective.

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