Driver allegedly hits crossing guard with car



ELLSWORTH — A city resident is facing criminal charges after he allegedly struck a crossing guard with his vehicle Monday morning.

Ryan Winder, 29, was summoned on charges of assault and driving to endanger “for striking a crossing guard with a motor vehicle in the parking lot of the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School,” according to a police report.

The incident allegedly happened between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Monday, and was reported to police that evening.

Lt. Harold Page said Winder told police that “for whatever reason, the crossing guard stepped in front of him and wouldn’t let him go.”

Page said Winder told Officer James Gillway that he yelled at the crossing guard and “inched his car forward” toward the guard. Winder denied, however, that his vehicle made any contact with the man.

The guard did not report any injuries, according to police.

Page said Winder was at the school to drop a child off. Winder was driving a Buick LeSabre, according to Page.

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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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