Crash leaves woman hurt, man in custody

ELLSWORTH — A city resident was injured and a man from Machiasport was arrested as a result of a crash on Water Street Sunday afternoon.

Police said 72-year-old Barbara Clark had turned onto Water Street from a side street and was headed north around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Coming from the other direction was 46-year-old Bill W. Pinkham, who crossed over into Clark’s lane and hit her vehicle head-on.

Clark was driving a 2011 Honda SUV and Pinkham was driving a 2001 Honda SUV. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene due to the amount of damage.

Pinkham’s legs were bleeding, but he did not need to be taken to the hospital. Clark complained of chest pain and was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital by County Ambulance.

Pinkham reportedly told police that “an oil can had gotten stuck under the brake and that is why he could not stop.” Officer Kelvin Mote, in his report, noted that did not explain why Pinkham had crossed into the opposite lane.

Pinkham’s license was suspended at the time of the crash, police said, and he was arrested on a charge of operating after habitual offender revocation. He also was arrested on three outstanding warrants out of Bangor District Court charging him with failure to pay fines.

In addition to those charges, Pinkham also was ticketed for failing to provide evidence of proof of insurance and for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

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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