Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Deer Isle man leads police on lengthy chase

ELLSWORTH — Several agencies aided the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department with the tracking of a Deer Isle man who allegedly led deputies on an extensive pursuit and who struck Ellsworth Police dog Chase once he was found in Sullivan Friday.

Deputy Dana Austin arrested Nathaniel Sargent, 27, of Deer Isle on charges of eluding an officer, driving to endanger, exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles or more per hour, operating after revocation, violating conditions of his release, unlawful interference with a police dog and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

The incident began when Austin tried to stop Sargent’s pickup truck for a motor vehicle violation.

“The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued, which lasted eight miles,” Austin said. The vehicle went off the road on Goodwin Siding Road, at which point Sargent fled on foot.

Ellsworth Sgt. Shawn Willey and Chase tracked Sargent for approximately 3.5 miles before Sargent was apprehended, Austin said.

At some point, Sargent allegedly struck Chase and the dog bit him. There is no word on whether the dog was injured. Sargent sustained minor injuries and was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital after being arrested, Austin said. From the hospital, Sargent was taken to the Hancock County Jail and is free on bail.

The Gouldsboro Police Department and the Maine Warden Service assisted as well, Austin said.


A minivan that had been attempting to pass several vehicles at once was destroyed after going off the road and hitting ledge then ricocheting back into the roadway hitting a pickup truck, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric McLaughlin reported.

The crash occurred on Route 1 in Orland May 4 near Mama Bear Road. No serious injuries were reported.

McLaughlin said Fatema Kadhem Jahlool, 31, of Bucksport was operating a 2005 Toyota Sienna westbound when she tried to pass several vehicles in a no-passing zone. Jahlool encountered oncoming traffic while trying to pass and swerved back into the westbound lane. Jahlool lost control of the minivan and left the road.

The minivan hit roadside ledge cropping and bounced back into Route 1, hitting a 2013 Ford F750 operated by Elliot Wight, 46, of Carmel, McLaughlin said.

The deputy said the minivan was totaled and the truck sustained damage to its passenger side door and chassis.

Jahlool complained of head pain and was checked at the scene by EMTs but was not taken to the hospital.

A pickup truck went off the road and struck a rock while swerving to avoid an unknown oncoming car that was over the centerline of Tremont Road in Tremont April 28, Deputy Jeff McFarland reported.

Keith Wedge, 30, of Tremont was traveling south in a 2007 GMC 1500 pickup truck, which sustained damage to its right front side, McFarland said.

Two cars sustained “major damage” after a rear-end collision on Route 1 at Cemetery Road in Hancock Friday, Deputy Eric McLaughlin reported.

McLaughlin said Jessica Alley, 30, of Hancock was operating a 2004 Hyundai Sonata stopped in the eastbound lane of Route 1 waiting to turn left onto Cemetery Road when her car was rear-ended by a 2003 Ford Focus operated by Toni Willey, 23, of Hancock.

Willey advised she wasn’t paying attention and didn’t see the other car stopped in the roadway, McLaughlin said.

Willey, who is pregnant, went to the hospital to have the unborn child checked, the deputy said.

Alley had neck and back pain. County Ambulance took her to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Child abuse

Deputy Rob Morang took a complaint about possible child abuse on Swan’s Island Friday. Morang contacted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.


Deputies got a call in the early morning hours Sunday from a Blue Hill woman that her car alarm just went off. She suspected someone might be in the area breaking into vehicles.

Lt. Tim Cote and Deputy Jake Day responded along with Willey and Chase but no one was found.


An Orland man reported Sunday that the back window of his company truck had been shattered by an air rifle. Deputy Ben Astbury is investigating.

Citizen assist

Franklin parents called police Sunday for help checking on their adult daughter who is having mental health issues and had left their residence. McLaughlin located the woman and reunited the family.

Agency assist

Austin helped the Ellsworth Police Department in removing people from the hospital Sunday.

Criminal mischief

Austin summoned Kristina Gallagher, 20, of Rhode Island on a charge of criminal mischief Sunday.

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