Ellsworth Police log: Driver ticketed after big rig snags on wires

ELLSWORTH — A loaded log truck caused an early-morning mess on the Bangor Road last week, and the incident led to the driver being ticketed.

Police said 51-year-old Douglas A. Willinski of Milo was headed north on the Bangor Road around 12:20 a.m. on Sept. 28 when his fully loaded Kenworth tractor-trailer truck clipped wires between two utility poles near the intersection with the Christian Ridge Road.

Police said Willinski “was stopped in Holden after a witness observed the incident and followed the truck while calling 911.”

Police said Willinski’s truck and the load of logs it was carrying were over the height limit of 13 feet, 6 inches.

The snapping of the wires caused overhead signs attached to the wires to fall into the road, along with one of the poles. Emera Maine responded and cleaned up at the scene.

For his part, Willinski told police that he did not know he had struck the wires. He was ticketed, charged with operating after suspension (civil).

Alcohol enforcement

On the evening of Sept. 28, Sgt. Glenn Moshier and Officer Troy Bires participated in an Underage Drinking Enforcement detail in Castine along with other members of the Hancock County Underage Drinking Task Force.

No violations were observed in the four-hour detail.

Later that same night, Bires and Moshier joined officers Andrew Weatherbee, Chad Wilmot and Fred Ehrlenbach in conducting a sobriety safety checkpoint on High Street.

More than 400 vehicles were stopped and operators spoken with, but “no impaired drivers were identified.”

Narcan used after overdose

On Sept. 29, officers responded to a road off of the Bucksport Road for a report of an unresponsive 33-year-old man who had overdosed on an opioid.

CPR was in progress when police arrived, and they then used Narcan to revive him. He was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital by County Ambulance for an evaluation after that.

Harassing phone calls

On Oct. 3, police received a report of a woman making harassing phone calls to a location on the Bangor Road. The complainant said the calls were so frequent that it was “difficult for them to take other calls.”

Police had received a report earlier in the day about the same woman making similar phone calls to others. Officer Chad Wilmot contacted the woman and “warned her to stop making phone calls.”

Alcohol and antics at the drive-thru

On Oct. 3 around 10 p.m., an employee at McDonald’s called police to report that a pickup truck in the restaurant’s drive-thru had a driver who was “acting funny” and that the driver and the passengers were “being belligerent” by “cussing up a storm.”

The worker also reported there was an open container of alcohol in the console between the driver and the passenger.

Officer Amie Torrey located the vehicle and found that while the passenger had been drinking, the driver had not.

Shoe(s) fly

Around 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, a caller reported seeing a man next to a small sedan parked at the weigh station on the Bucksport Road and that the man “had no shirt on and appeared to be throwing shoes at the car.”

Police responded but found no vehicle or man at the location.

Thefts and other losses

On Sept. 28, a woman who lives on the Bucksport Road came in to the police station to report that sometime during the overnight hours of Sept. 18-19, “someone had scratched her driver’s door” on her vehicle.

The woman said she was filing the report for insurance purposes.

On Sept. 30, Walmart reported a woman had stolen items from the Myrick Street store. Police said charges are pending in the case.

On Oct. 3, Marden’s reported a woman took two items worth $12.54 and left the High Street store without paying for them.

Detective Dotty Small said it appears that there was a misunderstanding and that the woman did not realize she had the items with her and failed to pay for them. The case remains under investigation.

Brandy Pelkey, 39, of Eastbrook was charged with theft on Oct. 3 after she allegedly took $43.52 worth of clothing from Walmart and failed to pay for it.

Pelkey was additionally charged with violation of conditions of release.


Walker Gasper, 28, of Deer Isle was arrested Sept. 27 on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court after he turned himself in at the Hancock County Jail.

Jody A. Yeo, 43, of Eastbrook, OUI on State Street Sept. 29.

Michael Jacobs, 49, a transient, was arrested Oct. 3 at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital on a warrant out of Washington County charging him with failure to appear in court on earlier charges of OUI, operating after suspension and operating without a license.


Everett S. Fontaine, 44, of Ellsworth, operating after suspension (failure to file insurance) on the Happytown Road Sept. 28.

Fontaine was summoned after police responded to a car-deer crash he was involved in. He was not injured in that crash.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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