ELLSWORTH — Alcohol was reportedly involved in a Christmas Eve accident at the High Street and Deane Street intersection. Officer John Stanley reported no injuries to the two drivers nor to any of the three passengers, but both vehicles required a tow from the scene. One of the drivers was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.
Jeremy R. Sawyer, 42, of Brooklin was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup on Deane Street when he failed to stop for the stop sign before turning onto High Street. The Chevrolet was then struck by a 2017 Kia sport utility vehicle driven by Kristen A. Schlaefer, 33, of Ellsworth. Schlaefer had two passengers. She told police that Sawyer did not stop for the stop sign and she could not stop in time to avoid hitting his car.
Several people saw the accident and confirmed that Sawyer never stopped at the Deane Street stop sign. Sawyer was driving on a suspended license and did not give a statement at the crash scene, according to police. However, he was given a breath alcohol test, which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.25, over three times the legal limit of 0.8. He was charged with OUI.
Police responded to a residence for a report of an assault on Jan. 3 but neither individual involved wanted to press charges. One person left for the night.
Earlier that evening, an officer responded to a possible domestic incident. Here, too, one of the individuals chose to leave for the night.
Officer Adam Bouchard responded to a domestic incident on Jan. 2. After his investigation, Patrick Dennison, 52, of Ellsworth was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault and criminal mischief.
Police responded to a complaint of a damaged 2006 Pontiac G6 in the Goodwill parking lot on Jan. 3. Bunnie Daniels of Ellsworth came out of the store to find the side rear fender scratched. A witness gave Daniels the license plate number of the other vehicle, and Daniels called the police, saying a white car had fled after striking her car. Responding Officer Stanley noted “minor scratches” on the Pontiac and ran the plate of the suspect vehicle, but no vehicle matched the number. Stanley then replaced a “V” in the number with a “U” and was able to locate James Murphy of Surry, owner of a white 2014 Ford Fusion. According to police, Murphy admitted striking the Pontiac, stating he turned his Ford off but did not put it in park, causing the car to roll backward with Murphy sitting inside it. Murphy said he then checked the Pontiac but saw no damage and drove home. He provided insurance information to Stanley, who passed it along to Daniels.
Officer McKay McLean received a report of the theft of $18 worth of items from a local business on Jan. 1. As a result, John A. Patterson, 42, of Franklin was charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.
Police received a report of items stolen worth $51 on Dec. 29. The theft is under investigation.
Torrey received a report of a theft of firewood on Sandy Point Way on Dec. 30.
Officers helped Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital with getting a document signed by a justice of the peace on Jan. 1.
Officer Jon Mahon found two dead deer on a side road the morning of Jan. 1 and called the Warden Service, which took possession of both deer.
Stuck in the road
McLean reported assisting a driver whose car was stuck on the roadway on the morning of Jan. 2.
McLean also reported helping a driver who was unable to make it up a hill on Jan. 2
Arrests and summonses
Jason Lovely, 49, of Southwest Harbor was charged with operating a vehicle after his license was suspended and violation of conditions of release on Dec. 30.
Orland resident Erica A Paquette, 44, broke a 15-foot length of guardrail on Happytown Road on Dec. 24, according to police. Paquette was traveling west in her 2006 Subaru when she came around a corner and the tires hit dirt on the road. Paquette lost control of the vehicle. It spun sideways, striking and breaking a section of the guardrail. The guardrail is owned by the city. Paquette’s vehicle sustained damage to the rear passenger corner. Neither she nor a teenage passenger was injured.
Falling asleep behind the wheel caused David J. Ball, 61, of Otis to hit a guardrail on Mariaville Road near Russian Road on Dec. 28 at 4:15 p.m. Ball was driving north when he dozed off in his 2015 Ford pickup. The passenger side was damaged above the insurance threshold but Ball, who was wearing his seat belt and uninjured, was able to drive the Ford from the scene.
A 96-year-old Southwest Harbor man was walking in the Walmart parking lot on Dec. 30 when he was struck by a car backing out of a parking space. Peter Benson hurt his shoulder when he fell and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance for evaluation. He told McLean, the responding officer, that he was not paying attention. The driver who struck him, Stewart A. Russell, 67, of Orrington, said he looked both ways before slowly backing out of the parking space in his 2010 Toyota sport utility vehicle.