Ellsworth Police Log: Skidding vehicle lands Milbridge man in jail

ELLSWORTH — A Washington County man was arrested last week after a traffic stop for a skidding vehicle led to the discovery that he was allegedly driving while under the influence.

Police said they stopped a truck on Downeast Highway around 9:50 p.m. on Jan. 29 because it was “skidding sideways in the intersection after a fresh snowfall.”

The driver, 39-year-old Tucker Bell of Milbridge, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence.

He was taken to the Hancock County Jail but refused to complete any testing, according to police, and was “ultimately restrained by corrections officers” after being “uncooperative.”

Additionally, Bell was charged with carrying prohibited concealed weapons (a knife and brass knuckles, according to police) and for sale and use of drug paraphernalia (a pot pipe, police said).

Thefts and other losses

On Jan. 26, a Main Street business reported a check written at the store in early September was not honored by the bank. The store reported a loss of $121.01. The case is under investigation.

On Jan. 26, a mother reported her son had “left his trumpet at school and it cannot be found.” The instrument, valued at $300, was last seen at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School around Dec. 5.

Police are investigating a report of an employee theft at a fast food restaurant on High Street. Police said the theft allegedly involved an employee taking “many hundreds of dollars” from the cash register. The case is under investigation.


Justin Thomas, 23, of Ellsworth, operating under the influence on East Main Street Jan. 29.

Joseph Grinnan, 58, of Sullivan, operating an unregistered motor vehicle for more than 150 days. Grinnan was arrested after he was stopped on Downeast Highway on Jan. 29.


Joshua Boudreau, 42, of Ellsworth, possession of a usable amount of marijuana on State Street Jan. 30.

Traffic violation

Krystal L. Hill, 30, of Gouldsboro, failure to stop at a red light (street not listed) on Jan. 27.

Speeding ticket

Jennifer D. Ward, 29, of Ellsworth, 49 mph in a 35-mph zone on Christian Ridge Road Jan. 27.

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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