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Executive From Office of Substance Abuse Arrested for OUI

FARMINGTON, Maine - The associate director for the Maine Office of Substance Abuse is facing a charge of operating under the influence.

Police say 62-year-old Joan Smyrski of Jefferson was charged with drunken driving after being stopped Sunday evening in the Franklin County town of Avon. She was freed on $150 cash bail.

The Sun Journal reports that Smyrski is scheduled to speak about opioid-prescribing limits at the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association's annual fall conference in November.

Smyrski couldn't be reached immediately for comment, and it wasn't known if she'd hired a lawyer. An automatically generated email indicates she was out of the office starting Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The newspaper says she's due in court next month. If convicted, the penalty for OUI is a $500 fine and loss of license for 150 days.