Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Woman charged following Sullivan crash

ELLSWORTH — A Trenton woman was arrested Friday after her vehicle allegedly struck another in Gouldsboro before continuing into Sullivan, where it crashed into a tree, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Gross reported.

Gross arrested Melissa O’Neill, 42, on charges of driving to endanger and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Another car crash, this one on the Mines Road in Blue Hill on Saturday, led to a charge for the motorist.

Deputy Jake Day summoned Amy Gellerson, 25, of Blue Hill on a charge of OUI.

Day said Gellerson was taken to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for a complaint of arm and shoulder pain after the accident.

At the time of the crash, Day had been stationed in the area on an OUI enforcement detail.

A Blue Hill man was charged Sunday after a crash in Penobscot that totaled his pickup truck.

Astbury summoned the motorist, Daniel Bergin, 35, on a charge of violating conditions of his release. Police said Bergin allegedly had alcohol in his possession, which his bail conditions forbid.

Astbury said Bergin was operating a 2003 Toyota Tacoma northbound on Route 175 at a high rate of speed. Bergin lost control of the truck on a sharp hill in the roadway. The truck crossed into the southbound lane, entered a ditch then struck a rock and a tree head-on before coming to rest between two large trees, the deputy said.

Peninsula Ambulance EMTs checked Bergin at the scene, but he declined transport to a hospital, Astbury said.

A van struck a utility pole after a motorist lost control of the vehicle on a sharp corner and the van drifted onto a soft shoulder of Ellsworth Road in Blue Hill Feb. 17, McFarland said.

Donn Heanssler, 74, of Deer Isle was driving north in a 2003 Chrysler, which sustained damage to its passenger side front corner, the deputy said.

A pickup truck collided with the side of an oncoming Jeep while the truck’s driver was trying to turn left from a private drive onto Route 1 in Hancock Feb. 17, Deputy Eric McLaughlin reported. The impact caused the Jeep to spin into the opposite side of the roadway and overturn, the deputy said.

The truck’s operator, Timothy Look, 74, of Hancock, advised McLaughlin that he didn’t see any oncoming traffic before turning.

Karen Spence, 49, of Franklin was operating the 1999 Jeep Cherokee and said she saw the truck pulling into Route 1 but couldn’t avoid it.

McLaughlin said the Jeep was totaled. Look’s truck, a 2014 Dodge 1500, sustained “major damage to the front passenger corner,” the deputy said.

An ambulance took Spence to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for treatment of possible injuries.

Child abuse

Deputies took a complaint of possible child abuse at a Blue Hill residence Sunday. Deputy Travis Frost is investigating.


Deputy Jeff McFarland is investigating a theft of copper pipes from a vacant house in Surry. McFarland said the theft is thought to have occurred in September 2015.

A Deer Isle man called police Friday to report a seasonal Deer Isle residence had been burglarized.

“Unlawful entry was made and nothing appears to be missing from the residence,” Deputy Ben Astbury said. The case remains under investigation.


Lt. Tim Cote charged a trio of young men during a traffic stop in Sedgwick Saturday.

Tyler Bartlett, 20, of Stonington was summoned on a charge of illegal transportation of liquor.

Timothy Bray, 18, of Stonington was summoned on charges of violating conditions of his release and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cote charged Lucas Eaton, 18, of Deer Isle on charges of illegal possession of liquor by a minor and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Citizen assist

A California woman called deputies on behalf of her elderly mother who lives in Sargentville and was the victim of a scam. The woman requested a police report to give to collection agencies, McFarland said.

A Sedgwick man called police to share safety concerns he has for an older man who drives a commercial truck. McFarland spoke with the complainant and the suspect and documented the information for future reference.

Day separated a Deer Isle husband and wife for the night on Sunday after a report of the pair arguing.

A Bangor man asked deputies to check on a Dedham friend who had sent him a troubling text message Friday. Lt. Chris Thornton said the friend was fine.

McLaughlin was called to a Sullivan residence Friday for a problem with a young person. “Everybody was calm on my arrival, and it was decided one family member would leave the residence for the night to keep the peace,” McLaughlin said.

Agency assist

Deputy Dana Austin assisted Ellsworth Police with a reported robbery Feb. 17.

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