Charge against Amanpour unfounded



BAR HARBOR — A woman arrested on a drunk driving charge in May has had all charges dismissed after authorities determined she had done nothing illegal.

Shala Amanpour, who explains she was tired after a 300-mile drive from Massachusetts, was stopped by Bar Harbor Police on May 22 on West Street. She was taken into custody and given a blood alcohol breath test. After that test proved negative, she was taken to the MDI Hospital for a blood test. No traces of alcohol or illegal drugs were found.

Based on those results, the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office dismissed all charges more than a month later.

According to Amanpour, a professional engineer and mother of three, it has been difficult in the wake of the news of the arrest being published on the Internet, to get equal exposure to news that the charges have been dropped.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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