Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Durable donkey OK after collision with truck

ELLSWORTH — A pickup truck struck a donkey Sept. 21, but the animal was not seriously injured, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

“You can’t keep a good donkey down,” Deputy Dana Austin said.

The accident occurred when the donkey stepped into the roadway of Castine Road in Orland into the path of a 2008 GMC truck, Austin said.

The GMC, operated by David Spellman, 56, of Orland was unable to avoid a collision, Austin said. The truck had minor damage to its driver’s side quarter panel.

Child pornography

Detective Stephen McFarland got a call last week from a woman who found a child pornography website.

“The information about the site was collected and is being investigated in conjunction with computer forensic examiners,” McFarland said.

Underage drinking party

McFarland summoned two teenage boys for alcohol violations after police investigated a tip about an underage drinking party in Lamoine Saturday.

Drug problem

Austin took a call about a Lamoine teenager, 18, who had ingested an unknown amount of aspirin Saturday. A family member took the young man to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Sexual assault

Detective Ben Astbury is investigating an alleged sexual assault involving local youths that may have occurred between June and September of this year. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services notified police about the alleged incident.

More accidents

A car struck a utility pole when the operator lost control while swerving to avoid debris in the roadway on Route 3 in Trenton.

Jamie McCarthy, 43, of Brewer was driving north in a 2004 Subaru Forester, which was totaled, Archer said.

Archer summoned McCarthy on a charge of operating after suspension.

A car was totaled after it left the road, went into a ditch and struck a tree on Lower Dedham Road in Dedham Monday, Archer reported.

Timothy Langlois, 54, of Bangor was operating a 2002 Mazda 626, the deputy said.

A mechanical failure resulted in a pickup truck going airborne, landing on a beach and rolling onto its side on Dunham Point Road in Deer Isle Monday, McFarland said.

Reynold Hardie, 71, of Deer Isle was operating a 2004 Ford Ranger and attempting to turn onto Dunham Point Road from a private driveway when the gas pedal stuck, McFarland said. The truck went straight across Dunham Point Road and went airborne before hitting the beach.

Hardie suffered a cut on his arm and chest pain, the deputy said. Memorial Ambulance took Hardie to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.


A New Jersey man who was struck by a car while walking his dog on Route 102 in Tremont Sept. 17 is recovering, according to authorities.

Timothy Donahue was listed in good condition Tuesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Deputy Jake Day said Donahue suffered a broken femur, collapsed lung, broken foot and broken ribs when he was hit.

Traffic infraction

Police summoned Craig Golden, 32, of Lamoine on a charge of operating after habitual offender revocation on Douglas Highway in Lamoine Saturday.

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