MDI Police: Car Bounces Off House

BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor police are investigating what prompted a late model Audi sedan to career off Waldron Road here and strike an unoccupied house shortly after 8 p.m. on Monday.


According to initial reports, the vehicle had hit a house and a young woman was still inside the car, unconscious.

When firefighters arrived a few minutes later, they initially reported the house was not involved. However, upon closer examination, it appeared the car struck the corner of the home’s foundation head-on, and then bounced back more than 10 feet. Except for some paint chips off the corner boards, the house was undamaged.

Driver Jessica Witherell, 19, was taken by Bar Harbor ambulance to the Mount Desert Island Hospital’s emergency room for treatment but is not believed to have serious injuries. The car sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage.

Initial reports show the car veered sharply off Waldron Road, sped between several clumps of maple trees, and struck the house.

The house is owned by Guy Dunphey who was out of town at the time of the crash.

Benjamin Buzzell, 26, of Bar Harbor was arrested by Officer Brad O’Neil on May 5 on Route 3 on a charge of operating while under the influence of alcohol (OUI). He also was summonsed on a charge of violating bail conditions.

Christopher Michael Deli, 26, of Parkton, Md., was arrested by Officer Tom Tardiff on May 5 on a charge of OUI. Police stopped his vehicle on Eden Street at about 1:30 a.m.

Gabrielle Nyer, 18, of Bangor was summonsed by Officer Soren Sundberg on May 7 on Route 3 on a charge of speeding.

Brendan Westphal, 25, of Bar Harbor, was summonsed by Officer Tim Frost on May 9, on Route 3 on a charge of speeding.

Michael Hyde, 59, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed by Officer Tardiff on May 4, on charges of failure to produce evidence of insurance and failure to use a seatbelt. He also was issued warnings for speeding, and inspection and registration violations.

Officials at Mount Desert Island High School called police on May 9 to report that someone had written expletives on a door to the school’s lobby.

On May 7, a Tremont man reported to police that someone from Bar Harbor had his stolen Play Station 3 video game console.

An employee of the Jesup Memorial Library called police on May 6 for help collecting books and materials checked out last summer. The overdue fines now total $292. According to librarian Ruth Eveland, many of the books were borrow from other libraries and the Jesup must pay to replace them if they are not returned.

A woman visiting the downtown area on May 4 reported her car was stolen from Mount Desert Street. An hour later, police located the vehicle parked in front of Cool as a Moose on Main Street, where, apparently, the woman had forgotten she’d parked it.

Seasonal complaints about noisy parties, public intoxication and crazy drivers, picked up this week. Among the vehicles reported to police as being operated erratically were a white Subaru Legacy, a light green Prius, a green Subaru, and a large recreational vehicle.

Southwest Harbor

Gatsby’s, a newly opened restaurant that was the subject to appeals from abutting homeowners, was at the center of three complaints last week.

On May 6, a neighbor to the restaurant complained that vehicles parked at the establishment were blocking their access road and that customers might be drinking alcohol outside the building.

The next day, May 7, someone from the restaurant complained that a neighboring homeowner was spinning gravel on the access road, making customers move out of the way.

Then, on Sunday, someone from Gatsby’s reported that vandals had destroyed Mother’s Day signs at the restaurant.

Police are investigating the May 4 theft of condoms, personal lubricant and deodorant from the Southwest Food Mart. No word on whether the suspect was late for a date.

On May 5, Southwest Harbor firefighters extinguished a fire in a piece of equipment at The Village at Ocean’s End subdivision. According to police, hydraulic fluid caught fire in a tub grinder.

Mount Desert

Officer Travis Frost summonsed three people for motor vehicle violations within a 90-minute period Monday evening.

John Macauley, 52, of Bar Harbor; Alan Madeira, 53, of Southwest Harbor; and Jana Robinson, 62, of Mount Desert each was summonsed on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Police assisted the Mount Desert Fire Department with a brush fire Sunday in Seal Harbor. The fire erupted at the site of a permitted burn from the previous day.

Acadia National Park

Rangers said this week there is no apparent danger from a coyote some visitors had reported as acting aggressively along the Witch Hole Carriage Road. The animal has not stalked or attacked anyone, Ranger Richard Rechholtz said.

On May 9, a 50-year-old woman fell off a horse while riding on carriage roads near Day Mountain. She was stunned at first but eventually managed to walk out on her own.

On Monday, a 70-year-old woman injured her ankle on stairs near the base of Thunder Hole on the Ocean Drive and required medical attention.


For more police & court news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.




This post is from the archives of The Ellsworth American, Mount Desert Islander and

Latest posts by archived (see all)