MAINE: State Police report that Valerie Seavey was killed in crash; Robert Cunningham charged with operating under the influence, manslaughter, speeding

Robert Cunningham killed his passenger in OUI booze cruise, arrested by Maine State Police and charged with OUI manslaughter. Hancock County Jail

An Orland woman was killed after the vehicle she was a passenger in went off the road last night. The driver is facing multiple charges.

On Jan. 28, 2020, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Tr. Travis Chapman responded to the Cedar Swamp Rd. in Orland for a motor vehicle crash.  Investigation revealed that Robert Cunningham (48) of Orland was driving west in a 2007 Ford Ranger.  Valerie Seavey (50) of Orland was a passenger.  The driver lost control on a left-hand corner, went off the left side of the roadway striking an embankment.  The vehicle came to rest on its wheels in the middle of the roadway.  At some point, Seavey was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Seavey wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.  


Cunningham was placed under arrest and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.  On Jan. 29, he was charged with Manslaughter, Agg. OUI, Agg. Driving to Endanger and Speeding 30 MPH or more over the speed limit.  Sgt. Tim Varney and Cpl. Dan Ryan assisted.  Tr. Josh Lander is reconstructing the crash.  Speed and alcohol appear to be factors.  Bucksport and Orland Fire Departments also assisted.

OUI ARRESTS by Maine State Police

Cpl. Ricci Cote, while working a minimum shift in Troop B, stopped Brandy Hilliard (41) of Turner, on N. River Road in Greene.  She was arrested and charged with OUI.  Her BrAC was over the legal limit.

On 1/24/2020 Tr. Stewart responded to a report of a crash with injury in Burnham. The operator, Shylah Logidice (34) was arrested for OUI and summonsed accordingly. 

School Bus Driver Richard Tanguay Charged With Drugging While Bussing Kids


A bus driver for Biddeford is facing multiple charges after a Trooper stopped his for driving erratically with a bus full of students.

On Nov.  2, 2019, at approximately 7:57 p.m., Trooper Patrick Hall out of Troop A was on routine patrol southbound on I-95 in Scarborough when his attention was drawn to a school bus operating in front of him. Tpr. Hall noted that the bus was speeding in a construction zone, failing to signal lane changes, and failing to maintain one lane. The bus was stopped for the erratic operation and speeding. The bus was filled with Biddeford High School Students returning from a field hockey game.  The bus was being operated by Richard Tanguay, 68, of Biddeford. Tpr.  Hall observed signs of impairment and conducted Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  

As a result, Tpr. Hall brought Tanguay to Cumberland County Jail for an intoxilyzer breath test and an exam by a Drug Recognition Expert As a result of the investigation, Tanguay was charged with OUI-Drugs, Driving to Endanger, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  

Trooper Hall was assisted by Cpl. Ricci Cote and by Sgt. Paul Powers of Freeport PD who conducted the drug recognition testing. Bail was set at $500.00 which Tanguay posted and was released. Tanguay’s first court appearance will be on January 9, 2020, in Portland District court. The State Police have notified the Biddeford School District of the incident.