Footprints Lead Trooper to OUI Suspect



ELLSWORTH — Footprints in the snow led state police to a driver who allegedly fled a single-vehicle crash Friday in Franklin.

Stanley O’Donnell, 41, of Franklin was arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI) after Trooper Cliff Peterson responded to an accident on the Eastbrook Road and found the vehicle had been abandoned.

The trooper noticed the driver’s footprints were visible in the freshly fallen snow and followed them to where it appears the suspect was picked up by a vehicle heading back into the town center.

O’Donnell later was located and, after failing field sobriety tests, was arrested and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, police said.

Theft Suspect Caught

Surveillance photos posted on the Ellsworth Police Department Facebook page are credited with catching a suspect in a theft at the Mountain View School in Sullivan.

An anonymous tip identified Casey Holt, no given age or address, as the person who allegedly stole the wallet from a teacher’s coat and later used credit cards in the wallet to make purchases at Ellsworth businesses. Holt was summoned Jan. 2 on charges of theft and misuse of identification.

Drunk Driving Arrest

A report of an erratic driver on Route 1A in Dedham led to the arrest Saturday of a Mount Desert man on a drunk-driving charge.

James Glass, 57, was arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence after being stopped in Ellsworth by Trooper Greg Roy.

Outstanding Warrant

Edward Ellis, 39, of Eastbrook was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant from Cumberland County for failure to pay fines following a traffic stop in Franklin. Ellis also was charged with operating after suspension, police said.

Blocks Stolen

About 40 pulling blocks used in power line construction were stolen from a project on the Georges Pond Road in Franklin. The theft is believed to taken place sometime between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3.

Textbook Theft Suspect

Timothy Moody, no given age and address, was summoned Jan. 5 on charges of theft and violating conditions of his release. The charges stem from an investigation into the theft of a textbook from Maine Maritime Academy students in December.

Attempted Break-in

A Lamoine woman reported Jan. 5 that someone had tried to break into her vacant rental unit. Trooper Chris Smith investigated and found two windows had been tampered with, but no entry was gained.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander