First responders observe the scene of a rollover crash on Route 1 in Sullivan last Friday. LARRY PETERSON PHOTO

Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Sept. 17

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Hancock man after his vehicle rolled over onto its roof after a failed attempt to pass a line of vehicles on a curve of Route 1 in Sullivan Friday.

Dustin Johnson, 38, was uninjured in the crash, said Deputy Dakota Dupuis. Johnson was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, violating conditions of his release and probation violation.

Dupuis said Johnson was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu when he tried to pass the line of vehicles then saw another vehicle coming toward him. “Johnson subsequently swerved and overcorrected, causing his 2005 Chevrolet Malibu to leave the roadway and roll onto its roof.”

The car sustained significant damage, Dupuis said.

More accidents

A pickup truck rear-ended a car that was stopped in traffic behind a sport utility vehicle on Saturday. The driver of the SUV had been waiting to turn left from the Mines Road onto the Grindleville Road in Blue Hill, said Deputy Brian Archer. The force of the truck hitting the car pushed the car into the SUV.

Ann McGraw, 79, of Blue Hill was operating the SUV, a 2006 Volvo, which was struck by a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek operated by Miles Cooper, 25, of New York, Archer said. The Subaru was struck from behind by a 2014 Ford F150 driven by Gerry Ryan, 55, of Blue Hill, the deputy said. All three vehicles sustained reportable damage. The Subaru and truck had to be towed.

A passenger in the Subaru was treated and released at the scene for neck pain, but there were no other injuries, said Archer.

The Blue Hill Fire Department and Snow’s Garage assisted.

A sport utility vehicle rear-ended a car on the Bucksport/Verona Island bridge on Friday, said Lt. Corey Bagley.

Samantha Parker, 34, of Deer Isle was driving a 2016 Honda Pilot when she saw the SUV, driven by Damien Gordon, 19, of Lincolnville, approaching from behind her at a high rate of speed.

“Parker pulled to the right as she saw Gordon coming up on her quickly and before she could get over any further Gordon struck her in the rear end, causing damage to both vehicles,” Bagley said.

A Lamoine man was charged after his car hit a mailbox on the Jordan River Road in Lamoine Sept. 2, according to police.

Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo said Gage Gilley, 30, of Lamoine was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, which struck a mailbox and continued on.

Gionfriddo summoned Gilley on charges of texting while operating a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Criminal mischief

Bagley is investigating a Brooklin resident’s complaint that someone during the evening hours of Sept. 9 slashed his truck tire, broke out a window on the truck and ripped a screen off his storm door.


A Blue Hill woman reported a fraud at a local business Sept. 8. The investigation is continuing.


Gionfriddo is investigating a theft that occurred at a Trenton business over a period of time. The theft was reported Monday.


Nathaniel Sargent, 32, of Orland was arrested Friday on a charge of operating after habitual offender revocation. Deputy Dylan Hall had been patrolling Route 1 in Orland when he stopped Sargent’s vehicle.

Lost and found

A Blue Hill man found items belonging to a Portland woman on a Blue Hill roadside Friday. Archer collected the things and returned them to the woman.

Someone reported losing a kayak, which fell off a vehicle Sept. 5 somewhere between Hancock and Machiasport.


Gionfriddo took a complaint about a political statement that had been spray-painted on Oak Point Road in Trenton Friday. The deputy took a photo and contacted the Maine Department of Transportation to have the message covered.

Agency assist

Gionfriddo was asked to help Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital emergency room staff with a mental health patient who was out of control Saturday. “I assisted until hospital staff advised I was no longer needed.”

Gionfriddo provided backup to Acadia National Park rangers who needed help with two uncooperative visitors on Sunday on the Seawall Road in Southwest Harbor.

Animal problem

A Dedham woman called for help Friday with an incident in which a dog attacked her dog.

Neighbor problems

A Stonington woman spoke with Deputy Jeff McFarland Sunday about an ongoing problem with a neighbor. McFarland said he will speak with the District Attorney’s Office “to see what, if any, enforcement action can be taken.”

Two vacationers called police in the wee hours Sept. 6 to complain that a neighbor of their rental house walked through the woods and asked them to quiet down.

“They stated they felt threatened that the neighbor came through the woods and told them to be quiet,” Gionfriddo said. “They became belligerent and hung up during our conversation.”

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