Hancock County Sheriff: Stonington Man Arrested After High-speed Chase

ELLSWORTH — An 18-year-old Stonington man was arrested on several charges after leading police on a chase that started in Blue Hill and continued through three towns.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Morang said he was on routine patrol on Main Street in Blue Hill last Saturday night when a vehicle went past his cruiser at a very high rate of speed.

Morang said he attempted to stop the vehicle on South Street. When the driver failed to stop, a brief pursuit ensued. Morang ended his chase, and a short time later, Maine State Trooper Thomas Pickering began another chase of the same vehicle in Blue Hill.

The driver, later identified as Davis Bradshaw, reportedly led Pickering on a high-speed chase through Blue Hill, Sedgwick and Deer Isle. In Sedgwick, Bradshaw allegedly passed a roadblock and flattened a tire when he ran over a spike mat set by police.

Police arrested Bradshaw on charges of criminal speeding, driving to endanger, illegal transportation of liquor by a minor and eluding an officer.

Incidents in Otis

A 30-year-old Ellsworth woman was summoned on a charge of theft following an incident in the Otis General Store Sunday. Deputy Christopher Sargent said a store employee called the sheriff’s office and reported that a woman was attempting to steal items in the store. The woman was detained by store employees until Sargent arrived. He issued a summons to Virginia Tonero and warned the woman to stay out of the store.

In an apparently related matter, police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on the Gary Moore Road in Otis. According to Sargent, deputies believed the driver, Robert Britton, 38, was headed to the Otis General Store to confront employees about the recent incident that resulted in his girlfriend being summoned on a charge of theft at the store.

According to Sargent, Britton tried to avoid being stopped by driving down a camp road. When Sargent located the vehicle, Britton was allegedly fleeing on foot into the woods. Sargent said he located the man after a brief search and charged him with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, operating after habitual offender revocation and operating without a license in violation of condition or restriction.

Littering Leads to Charges

An alleged act of littering led to several charges in Hancock on June 16. Deputy Shane Campbell said a motorist on Route 1 in Hancock village called police to report that the occupants of an eastbound Jeep Wrangler had littered beer bottles from the Jeep.

Campbell stopped the Jeep on East Main Street in Ellsworth. He warned the driver, Tyler Lawson, 19, about littering from a motor vehicle then summoned him on charges of illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, failure to display a current inspection sticker and failure to provide current insurance documentation. Two passengers in the Jeep, April Raynes, 20, and Brooke Perkins, 19, were issued summons charging possession of alcohol by a minor by consumption.


A motorcyclist received minor injuries when the 1996 Triumph motorcycle he was driving hit the back of a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix that had stopped to make a left turn onto Mud Creek Road from Route 1 in Hancock the afternoon of June 21. Deputy Jeff McFarland said Jeffrey Strum, 58, of Silver Spring, Md., was unable to stop his motorcycle in time to avoid hitting the Pontiac driven by Nathan Hardwick, 32, of Ellsworth.

McFarland said Strum suffered bumps and bruises but refused medical attention at the scene. Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the motorcycle and $1,000 to the car.

No injuries were reported at a rollover accident in Otis the morning of June 19. Deputy Sargent said Brianna Jones, 16, of Glenburn was driving a 2000 Toyota Echo east on West Shore Road when she failed to negotiate a corner and the car spun out of control. After skidding, the car hit a tree off the westbound side of the road and rolled onto its passenger side before coming to rest. The Toyota was considered a total loss.

A Blue Hill woman suffered minor injuries at a two-vehicle accident in Sedgwick the morning of June 20.

According to police, Richard Owens, 62, of Deer Isle was turning left from the Eggemoggin Store onto Caterpillar Hill Road when his 1996 Subaru Legacy station wagon struck a 1998 Mazda traveling north on Caterpillar Hill Road. The cars collided nearly head-on. Police said the driver of the Mazda, Bryn Arbuckle, 29, suffered minor abrasions to her wrists, hands and chin from the airbag. Damage was estimated at $5,000 to each vehicle.

A Trenton man suffered a broken leg and a broken arm when the 2003 Yamaha motorcycle he was driving crashed off Bayside Road in Ellsworth. Police said Christopher Miller, 22, was headed north when he failed to negotiate a sharp corner in the road. His motorcycle went off the right side of the road and slid more than 100 feet before coming to rest. The motorcycle was considered a total loss.

Alcohol Charges

A large party on Higgs Street in Sullivan resulted in charges against three minors after deputies visited the scene on June 13. Lt. Time Cote said 19-year-olds George Pickard, Denton Johnson and Joshua Greenlaw were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.

Drug Charges

A 20-year-old Mount Desert woman, Marie Robbins, was charged with possession of a useable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia when police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at the town dock in Bernard on June 16.


Deputies are investigating several thefts reported over the past week.

A Township 10 resident reported that someone broke into his residence, scattered items throughout the house and stole an assortment of outdated medications from a cabinet in the kitchen.

A Deer Isle man reported the theft of a 60-hp outboard motor from his boat. He said the item was taken sometime over the past two months.

An Orland woman told police someone stole an iPod from her vehicle while it was parked in her driveway. Another Orland resident reported the theft of several items taken from his yard.

A woman reported the theft of a 30-foot aluminum ladder from her mother’s house in Lamoine. A man from Lamoine came to the sheriff’s office to report that someone had stolen a bottle of prescription medicine from his residence.

Arrests and Summonses

Megan L. Cookson, 22, Corinth, default in payment of fine.

Richard H. Burrill, 23, Penobscot, violation of bail conditions.

James A. Hoffman, 46, Sardinia, Ohio, fugitive from justice.

Daryl D. Smith, 27, Blue Hill, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant (OUI), operating after suspension and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Dakota L. Harkins, 19, Tremont, five counts of default in payment of fines, probation revocation.

Terence Spence, 43, Franklin, assault, eluding an officer and passing a roadblock.

Abby L. Pelletier, 25, Ellsworth, operating after suspension.

Forrest P. Wardwell, 21, Orland, OUI.

Charles T. Goldsmith, 20, Southwest Harbor, speeding.


Georgena E. Comtois, 46, South China, sentenced to five days for violation of bail condition.

Walker R. Gaspar, 21, Deer Isle, sentenced to six months for burglary, stealing drugs, violation of bail condition and criminal mischief.

Dylan E. Eldridge, 23, Orland, sentenced to 12 days for OUI.

Elizabeth A. Smith, 23, Bucksport, sentenced to 90 days for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, burglary of a motor vehicle and misuse of credit identification.

Devin W. Bridges, 20, Bucksport, sentenced to seven days for operating after suspension.

Travis J. Shaw, 21, Bradley, sentenced to 48 hours for violation of bail condition.

Timothy W. Stanhope, 38, Castine, sentenced to 14 days for probation revocation.

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