Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Sept. 12

The Orland Fire Department extricated two drivers and a passenger from two vehicles involved in a head-on collision on Route 1 in Orland Saturday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB CONARY

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle head-on collision that injured three on Route 1 in Orland early Saturday morning.

Orland Fire Chief Bob Conary said the drivers and a passenger had to be extricated from the car and van.

Meanwhile, “due to the complexity of the crash,” the Fire Department had to close a short section of Route 1, rerouting traffic onto Dunbar Road, the chief said.

Deputy Chris Sargent said the crash occurred when an eastbound car crossed into the westbound lane and struck a van head-on.

Jocelyn Tozier, 17, of Bucksport was driving a 2007 Mercedes sedan, which collided with a 2014 GMC van towing a small, enclosed trailer, operated by Danny Jones, 70, of Florida, Sargent said.

The deputy said Tozier suffered serious injuries.

Jones and his passenger, Linda Starkweather, 65, of New York, suffered “substantial injuries.”

Bucksport Ambulance took all three to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

A hospital spokesman said Tuesday that Tozier was listed in serious condition. Starkweather is in fair condition. The hospital didn’t have any information on Jones’ condition.

Both vehicles were total losses.

In addition, deputies warned a motorist who drove through the accident scene, ignoring the designated bypass onto Dunbar Road.

More accidents

A car was totaled after it went off the road and rolled several times on Front Ridge Road in Orland Sept. 5, Deputy Travis Frost reported.

Dorothy Segal, 75, of New York, N.Y., was driving a 2019 Nissan Sentra, Frost said.

Segal suffered minor injuries, the deputy said.

Frost investigated a rear-end collision he happened upon while on High Street in Ellsworth Sept. 5.

The deputy said Jacqueline McMillian of Virginia was operating a 2004 Honda Pilot and was slowing down in traffic when her vehicle was rear-ended by a 2001 Subaru driven by Austin Beal, 25, of Ellsworth.

Beal tried to slow down but could not do so fast enough, Frost said.

McMillian complained of neck pain and was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.

Frost said AAA was able to make McMillian’s car operable on the roadside.

Beal’s vehicle sustained “severe front-end damage” and had to be towed, the deputy said.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Citizen assist

Deputy Dakota Dupuis spoke with a Franklin resident Sept. 4 who has had ongoing concerns about an elderly neighbor.

“I have since made a report with Adult Protective Services in an attempt to get assistance for the elderly female,” Dupuis said.

Public intoxication

Deputy Jeff McFarland and Dupuis rendered aid to a woman so intoxicated she was staggering on the roadside in Franklin Friday, causing concern for passing motorists who were worried about her safety.

Dupuis said when he and McFarland arrived, the woman began kicking them.

Eventually the pair was able to restrain the woman and called her family to come calm her down and take her home.

“Deputy McFarland and I determined this was the best course of action for the woman’s health and safety,” Dupuis said. “No charges were brought.”

Fair trouble

A woman at the Blue Hill Fair Sept. 2 asked a deputy to speak with her son who was “acting up.”

Deputy Zach Allen spoke with the boy who agreed to listen to his mother.

Agency assist

Deputies were called to help the staff at an assisted living facility in Surry Sept. 5 deal with a resident, 88, who had made suicidal statements and was being combative with staff.

Sargent said officers determined the man wasn’t a threat to himself or anyone else. However, Crisis Response was contacted and a caseworker met with the man.


Dupuis summoned Gagian Corey, 24, of Ellsworth on a charge of operating after suspension in Hancock Friday.

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