Hancock County Sheriff log: MDI charged after allegedly striking pedestrian

ELLSWORTH — A Blackwoods, N.J., man was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle while walking a dog on Route 102 in Tremont Saturday at 6:53 p.m., the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Witnesses said the vehicle fled the scene. LifeFlight flew the man to Eastern Maine Medical Center, said Lt. Chris Thornton.

Thornton and Deputy Jake Day located the suspect vehicle on the Cape Road in Tremont about 45 minutes after the accident.

Officers arrested Scott Merchant, 51, of Seal Cove on charges of aggravated leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Merchant was released on $250 cash bail.

Thornton said additional charges are likely.

There was no word on the accident victim’s condition.

Day is the primary investigating officer. He was assisted by Thornton, the Bar Harbor Police Department, the Mount Desert Police Department, the Southwest Harbor Police Department, the National Park Service and the Tremont Fire Department.

More accidents

A Brooklin woman was injured after she lost control of her pickup truck. The vehicle went off the road, struck a tree and rolled over twice at the intersection of the Reach Road and South Cross Road in Brooklin Sept. 14, police reported.

Bettina Eaton, 26, was operating a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck, which sustained major damage to its roof, police said.

Eaton was taken to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for treatment of leg pain.

A car was damaged after hitting two of three deer that ran out in front of the car on Castine Road in Penobscot Sept. 14.

Deputy Dana Austin said Jennifer Snowman, 39, of Bucksport was driving a 2006 Pontiac Vibe, which sustained an estimated $2,500 in damage. The two deer hit by the car died, Austin said.


A Deer Isle woman reported vandalism to her car Sept. 13 while it was parked at her residence.

Agency assist

Deputies Rob Morang and Travis Frost assisted the U.S. Marshal Service with conducting sex offender registration compliance checks throughout Hancock County Friday.

Deputies helped the Ellsworth Police with a large party Saturday.


An alarm at an Otis residence may have thwarted an attempted burglary Friday.

Deputy Eric McLaughlin was sent to check on the alarm and determined that someone had tried to break in. The investigation is continuing.


A Bucksport woman dropped her wallet outside a business in Blue Hill Saturday and advised police that someone took money out before the wallet was returned to her. Deputy Brian Archer is investigating.


Archer was called to assist Memorial Ambulance Service with a patient who had overdosed on drugs Saturday. Prior to Archer’s arrival, the ambulance had left to take the man to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. There was no word on whether the man survived.

Criminal trespass

Deputy Frank Jennings summoned Tobias Poole, 30, of Brooksville on a charge of criminal trespass.
Poole had allegedly been trespassing and shooting on a Brooksville property Sunday, Jennings said.

Civil issue

A Tremont man spoke with Deputy Archer Sunday after trading trucks with a Stonington woman. The truck the man had received in the trade had broken down and would require a repair costing thousands of dollars.

“I advised the man that this was a civil issue that would have to be taken care of in court,” Archer said.


Police summoned Tiffany Edgecomb, 19, of Mariaville on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana Sept. 15 in Otis.

Juvenile problem

Deputy Eric McLaughlin was sent to a Hancock residence Sept. 14 for a report of a problem with a teenage girl. As a result, the girl, 16, was charged with reckless conduct and taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for an evaluation.

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