Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Feb. 1

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lamoine man after a single-vehicle crash on Surry Road in Surry Sunday.

Deputy Brian Archer said the accident occurred when the man failed to negotiate a corner due to excessive speed, which caused the car to leave the roadway, travel through a field and then strike a group of trees before coming to rest at the edge of a brook.

Michael Tibbetts, 33, was operating a 1993 Nissan Altima, which was a total loss, Archer said.

The deputy arrested Tibbetts on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating without a license. Archer took Tibbetts to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to be checked out before taking him to the Hancock County Jail.

More accidents

A slippery roadway led to a crash on Route 9 in Amherst Saturday, Deputy Rob Morang reported.

Morgan Burr, 33, of Amherst was driving east in a 2014 GMC when she lost control of the truck, which struck a guardrail multiple times, Morang said. Burr complained of leg pain and a passenger in the truck was uninjured, the deputy said. Morang estimated damage to the truck at $4,000.

About an hour later, still on Route 9, Morang assisted at the scene of a stuck semi-truck, which had blocked part of the highway due to icy road conditions.

Deputies handled numerous crashes involving deer in the past week.

A pickup truck struck a deer that had entered the roadway on Bald Mountain Road in Dedham Jan. 25, Deputy Dan Harlan reported.

Eugene Beck, 52, was southbound in a 2017 GMC, which sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage, Harlan said. The side curtain airbags deployed but Beck was able to drive the truck from the scene.

A car struck a deer that had run into the roadway of Bald Mountain Road in Dedham Sunday, Archer reported.

Kayla Murphy, 17, of Dedham was operating a 2014 Toyota Prius, which sustained reportable damage to the driver’s side corner and had to be towed, Archer said.

A sport utility vehicle struck and killed a deer that was crossing the roadway of Partridge Cove Road in Lamoine Sunday, Deputy Jeff McFarland said.

Sydney Eleftheriou, 17, of Bar Harbor was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, which sustained a reportable amount of damage, McFarland said. The SUV had to be towed.

Impaired driving detail

Deputy Travis Frost conducted an impaired driving detail Friday in Blue Hill, Ellsworth and Hancock.

“During this time I made contact with several vehicles that committed motor vehicle infractions and found all operators to be sober,” Frost said.

Citizen assist

Deputy Zach Allen assisted a motorist whose truck had broken down Saturday in “a dangerous spot” on Route 9 in Amherst.

“I remained on the scene until a tow truck could remove the vehicle,” Allen said.

A Hancock resident on Sunday advised police that a neighbor who doesn’t have a driver’s license might try to drive. Deputy Luke Gross found the neighbor in a vehicle but there was no attempt to operate it.

Deputy Eric McLaughlin checked on the well-being of a Sullivan couple Sunday for a friend who had not been able to reach them for several days.

McLaughlin said the couple are OK but are having phone issues.

On Jan. 24, Deputy Michael Southard took a resident’s request for help in retrieving a cell phone lent to a friend.

“The case is civil but still being investigated,” Southard said.

A Deer Isle woman reported Friday that her mother had been harassing her. McFarland warned the mother not to harass her daughter.


Deputies went to the scene of a girl threatening family members with a knife Jan. 24 in Eastbrook. When Harlan and Lt. Tim Cote arrived, the girl had been disarmed. The girl was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for a mental health evaluation, Cote said.

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