Ellsworth Police log week of Nov. 14

ELLSWORTH — A 40-year-old Ellsworth man was arrested on Nov. 7 after a head-on crash on the Bayside Road, according to a police report.

A sport utility vehicle driven by Jeremy Sawyer was reportedly heading north on the Bayside Road around 11:37 a.m. when it crossed the centerline and struck a car driven by 32-year-old Joseph Allen of Hancock that was heading south.

Allen reportedly swerved in an attempt to avoid the SUV driven by Sawyer but was unable to get out of the way. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage to the front passenger side, according to a police report, but no injuries were reported.

Sawyer was reportedly distracted at the time of the crash, according to police, and was found after a breathalyzer test to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.190 percent, more than double the legal limit.

Officer Josh Steward arrested Sawyer on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension and on an active warrant out of Piscataquis County.

Resident struck by vehicle

Sgt. Chad Wilmot is investigating a report of a resident being struck by a motor vehicle that was backing into a parking space on Nov. 8.

The person who was struck wasn’t injured, and the vehicle drove off after the incident.

Dolly wheels drop off

The rear driver’s side dolly wheels of a 2006 Chevy Silverado owned by a Sedgwick resident came off on the Red Bridge Road on Nov. 8 while the truck was in motion, according to a report by Officer Steward.

No injuries were reported, but the truck’s brake calipers were damaged.

Student issues reported

School Resource Officer Amie Torrey dealt with several student issues this week, including a complaint on Nov. 5 of a student damaging another student’s property.

Torrey also warned several boys on Nov. 6 for reportedly harassing a fellow student and, two days later, checked on a student who has not been in school lately, according to a report.

Unruly patient, intoxication, road rage

On Nov. 6, Sgt. Shawn Willey warned a man who was reportedly intoxicated and weaving in and out of traffic to stay on the sidewalk.

On Nov. 7, Officer Brian Smith was called to a local bar for a report of two men who were intoxicated and being disorderly. No charges were filed.

Later on, in the early morning hours of Nov. 8, Smith responded to a report of an intoxicated woman who was reportedly intent on driving home. She found a driver who was sober, according to a report.

Sgt. Willey spoke with a man who reported being assaulted on Nov. 10. The alleged assault stemmed from a road rage/parking problem, according to a report. There were no injuries and the man declined to pursue charges.

Officer John Stanley was called to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on Nov. 7 around 9:15 p.m. to help staff deal with a patient, but by the time he arrived the patient was “already gone and with a parent,” according to a report.

Neighborhood watch

A suspicious vehicle parked outside a bank on Nov. 6 around 10 p.m. was found to belong to the cleaning crew, according to Officer Brian Smith.

Activity on Nov. 6 at a house that neighbors thought was abandoned turned out to be a new owner who was renovating, according to a report by Sgt. Wilmot.

A report of a vehicle break-in at a local car dealership on Nov. 10 in which a vehicle window was smashed and an alarm was sounding with lights flashing turned out to be unfounded, according to Officer Christopher Smith, who found “no vehicles on the dealership were broken into.”


Officer Stanley arrested Fletchers Landing resident Melissa Jernigan, 42, on Nov. 5 after reportedly conducting a probation check at a local motel.

Jernigan was charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia along with two counts of reported trafficking in a Schedule W drug (heroin and crack).

Wayne Cote, 47, of Millinocket was arrested on Nov. 11 by Officer Stanley on a warrant charging him with failing to appear.


Officer Stanley responded to a report of an assault on Nov. 9. As a result of the call, Shayla Seekins, 22, of Orland was charged with violating conditions of release.

Thefts and other losses

Azria Barrett, 18, of Brooklin was arrested by Officer Jon Mahon on Nov. 5 and charged with stealing a $50 pair of shoes from Marden’s.

Dawn Nault, 50, of Deer Isle was summoned on a theft charge by Officer Adam Bouchard on Nov. 11 for allegedly stealing a variety of household goods, valued at $114.78, from Walmart.

A man reported that several items had been taken from his parked car overnight on Nov. 8, according to a report made by Officer Mahon.

Traffic violations

Ronald Robinson, 62, of Boston, Mass., failure to provide valid proof of insurance after a traffic stop on Nov. 8.

Sarah Mullis, 25, of Corinna, speeding 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road on Nov. 11.

Elissa Glista, 21, of Brooklin, failure to provide valid proof of insurance following a traffic stop on Route 1A on Nov. 9.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers 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. She lives in Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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