MDI Police: Crashes Lead to Arrests

BAR HARBOR — Two drivers were arrested this week after crashing their vehicles in separate accidents.


Bradford Haskell, 56, of Bar Harbor, was arrested March 12 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI) after crashing his car on Cromwell Harbor Road. According to reports, Mr. Haskell was driving at a high rate of speed when he swerved to avoid oncoming traffic. His 2001 Ford sedan left the road, struck several trees, and flipped, sustaining an estimated $5,000 in damage. Mr. Haskell, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.

Richard D. Pushard, 43, of Bar Harbor, was arrested March 10 on a charge of operating while under the influence of drugs and summonsed for violating the conditions of his release after crashing a rental vehicle on Route 3. Mr. Pushard was driving a 2010 Ford SUV near Bayview Drive when he lost control of the vehicle. It went down an embankment, and struck a guide wire from a utility pole, according to reports. The road was shut down for one hour because of several snapped wires caused by the crash. Mr. Pushard was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital for evaluation of minor injuries. It is unknown whether he was wearing a seatbelt. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,500.

Sabrina L. Hatch, 29, of Bar Harbor, was arrested March 11 on a charge of OUI on Kebo Street. Ms. Hatch was again arrested two days later, on March 13, while on foot on Pleasant Street, on a charge of violating the conditions of her bail not to consume alcohol.

Nicholas Randolph, 24, of Waldoboro, was arrested Monday on a charge of OUI on West Street.

A black kitten was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 3 on March 10. A black-and-white cat that reportedly was struck by a vehicle on Norway Drive on March 10 was taken to the Acadia Veterinary hospital the next day. The cat was listed in stable condition.

Levi R. Carpenter, 29, of Bar Harbor, was summonsed Sunday on charges of keeping a dog at large and keeping an unlicensed dog. The summonses were served at the request of the Town of Columbia for an incident that allegedly occurred there.

Firefighters responded to the municipal building the evening of March 10 because of a smoky odor. Firefighters shut off the power to a light fixture that was on the fritz.

Smoke and sparks coming from a light switch at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Ledgelawn Avenue on Sunday also had firefighters out. The power to that switch also was disconnected.

David B. Haskell, 57, of Ellsworth, was summonsed March 9 on Route 3 on charges of failure to provide proof of insurance and operating with an expired state inspection sticker.

Police gave two young men a ride from an Eagle Lake Road residence to Cottage Street after one of the men’s roommates requested he be removed from the house after becoming belligerent. All three persons involved in the incident had been drinking, according to reports.

A School Street resident reported hearing the door to his neighbor’s house pushed open March 11. On investigation of the neighbor’s house, police located a census packet that had been left on the enclosed porch.

A laptop computer was reported stolen from Mount Desert Island High School March 10.

Firefighters used the ladder truck to assist a man in taking down a sign at Bayside Landing on Main Street on Sunday that had become dislodged because of wind.

A woman reported March 12 that her dog was attacked by another, unleashed, dog on the Bar Island bar.

A woman was warned for criminal trespass and told not to return to the transfer station after picking through the metal pile there Saturday.

Police were on standby while workers from Acadia Recovery, Inc., an asset recovery agency out of Carmel, repossessed a vehicle from a Sandy Land residence Tuesday.

A Texas man who left his friend’s house for a “short walk” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday was located by Mount Desert police nearly six hours later. The man reportedly had decided to take a longer hike than originally described.

A bag of cell phones, two bags of clothing, and scattered cell phone parts were reported found behind the Union Trust bank on Route 102 on March 11.


State police arrested three people March 10 after a tenant complained her former boyfriend had broken into her apartment and stolen items. The tenant called police after a neighbor informed her that three people had entered her apartment and left in a small blue car. Police stopped the vehicle in Trenton.

The former boyfriend, Jesse Riggleman, 23, of Portland, and another suspect, Aleksei Legendre, 19, of Saco, were arrested on charges of burglary and violating bail conditions. Ms. Legendre was summonsed on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. The third suspect, Brittney Libby, 18, of Saco, was arrested on a burglary charge and summonsed on charges of possessing a useable amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

According to police, a large number of DVDs and clothing were taken in the burglary.

Mount Desert

Juvenile intake Monday placed a hold on a 17-year-old male at the request of Mount Desert police. The youth was held for alleged protection order violations involving a juvenile female.

The town’s public works director reported March 12 concrete had been dumped over the bank of the parking lot of the Somesville Fire Station. The company responsible for the dumping has agreed to clean up the mess, police said.

A group of kids was warned March 11 to stop climbing on a docked boat at the Northeast Harbor Marina.

Kenneth Cline, 51, of Bar Harbor was summonsed March 11 on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Jennifer Hambrecht, 33, of Somesville was summonsed March 11 on charges of failing to license a dog and allowing a dog to run at large. The summonses follow a report of a dog running loose on Route 102 in Somesville.

Southwest Harbor

A Stihl 024 chain saw was taken March 9 from the town’s transfer station. The owner reported he had gone home for lunch while cutting wood and the chainsaw was missing when he returned.


State police arrested a Mount Desert man March 11 for allegedly driving 98 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Blay Carr, 26, was arrested on charges of criminal speeding and operating under the influence.

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