Man Facing Charges After Colliding with Police Cruiser


ELLSWORTH — A 29-year-old Deer Isle man is facing numerous charges after colliding Saturday with a police cruiser that was responding to a domestic violence incident in which he allegedly was involved.

According to Lt. Pat Kane of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Chris Sargent and Chief Deputy Richard Bishop responded to the complaint Saturday evening in separate vehicles. As they neared the scene on Deer Isle, a 1989 Chevrolet pickup pulled from the Info Road onto Route 15, traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver, Joel Hardy, lost control of the truck and collided with Bishop’s cruiser, a 2005 Ford Expedition.

After sideswiping the cruiser, the pickup left the road and hit a utility pole, a road sign and, after traveling across a lawn, struck two large wooden posts. Hardy then drove back onto Route 15, in an attempt to flee, Kane said.

The truck didn’t get far. Hardy abandoned it on a side road about a quarter-mile from where he collided with Bishop and ran off.

Hardy was located later and arrested on charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, operating after suspension, leaving the scene of an accident and violating bail conditions. He reportedly is on bail for a charge of operating while under the influence.

Kane said Hardy was leaving the scene of the domestic violence complaint when the accident occurred. He was not charged with any crime in connection with that incident, Kane said.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander