Alleged triple-digit speed leads to arrest



Hans C. Cote

ELLSWORTH — A Bar Harbor man was arrested early Friday morning after police said he was allegedly driving almost 90 miles per hour above the posted speed limit while drunk.

Hans C. Cote, 21, was stopped shortly before 2 a.m. on Bangor Road after officers had “observed a vehicle operating at an extremely high rate of speed” there.

Police said at one point, Cote’s Subaru Legacy was clocked on radar at 129 mph in a 40-mph zone.

Lt. Harold Page said Cote told police he was driving so fast because he was taking a woman to the hospital. Page said there was a woman in the car and that she was “having a medical issue,” though he did not disclose specifics.

Cote was arrested and charged with operating under the influence (his alcohol level was 0.08, according to Page), criminal speed (defined as 30 mph or more over the speed limit), driving to endanger, operating after suspension, and operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Police said Cote also had two outstanding active warrants in his name, both for unpaid fines from previous charges. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Cash bail totaling $965 had been posted for Cote by Friday afternoon, according to officials at the Hancock County Jail.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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