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Driving on revoked license gets man suspended sentence

October 16, 2000

Driving on revoked license gets man suspended sentence



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


A former Town Commissioner for St. Michaels, Md., was given a 90-day suspended sentence Monday in Washington County Circuit Court for driving on a revoked license.

Parker Saintclair Quimby, 54, who lives at Loyalton of Hagerstown assisted-living center, pleaded guilty Monday to driving with a revoked license.

Quimby, who has had six heart attacks in approximately the last 10 years, had gotten out of the hospital on May 16, the day before he drove into the vehicle in front of him, said his public defender, Robert Voss.

Friends had picked him up at the hospital and taken him to the Venice Inn, where the friends gotten into such a condition they were unable to drive, Voss said.

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After spending the night at the hotel, Quimby could not find his friends and didn't have the money to hire a cab so he drove his car, which had been left behind, according to Voss and Quimby.

Quimby ran into the other vehicle at 8:55 a.m. in the 900 block of Dual Highway, according to court records.

Quimby's license had been revoked since 1995, Voss said. Quimby realized after the accident that, due to his medical condition, he should not be driving, Voss said.

"I'd like to apologize to the court and to the residents of Washington County," Quimby said. "It was poor judgment on my part."

While a lot of good things were said about Quimby, Judge John H. McDowell said he should have known better than to drive. He ordered him to pay $260 in fines and court costs and gave him unsupervised probation for a year.

According to a clerk who answered the telephone at Town Hall in St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Quimby had been a Town Commissioner about 20 years ago.

In exchange for his plea, charges of following a vehicle too closely, violating a license restriction and knowingly furnishing a motor vehicle without an interlock system to a prohibited person were dismissed, according to court records.

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