Maine State Police log week of February 17

ELLSWORTH — A young Ellsworth man was hospitalized after his vehicle went off the road, struck a guardrail and flipped onto its roof on Route 1 in Hancock Feb. 6, the Maine State Police reported.

Trooper Travis Chapman said the operator, Spencer Merritt, 18, of Ellsworth, was initially taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital and then Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. Merritt was not wearing a seat belt, but his injuries were non-life-threatening, the trooper said.

“Alcohol and speed are both factors in the crash,” Chapman said. “Charges pending. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock Fire Department and Northern Light Ambulance assisted.”

More accidents

Trooper Jarid Leonard responded to a crash in Topsfield Feb. 10 after a Maine Department of Transportation plow truck and a logging truck collided.

Leonard said James Merrill, 42, of Monticello was operating a fully loaded logging truck, which struck the plow of a truck operated by Toby Mailman, 64, of Danforth.

Mailman had been clearing snow out of a designated turnaround and backed into the roadway, Leonard said. Merrill tried to avoid the plow truck but struck the plow, which sent the logging truck into a ditch, police said.

“The logging truck was lodged into deep snow and stopped shortly after the impact,” said Leonard. No injuries were reported from the crash.


Leonard charged an Indian Township woman after investigating an alleged shoplifting incident in Princeton Feb. 8.
Taea Lola, 27, was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Trooper Owen Reed checked on the theft of an outboard motor reported stolen in Stonington Feb. 9. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic incidents

Trooper Miles Carpenter responded to a family fight in Sullivan Feb.8.

Carpenter went to an Otis residence for a report of a family fight on Feb. 12. No charges were reported.


Sgt. Jeff Ingemi summoned Joshua Weeks, 30, of Lamoine on a charge of operating after suspension after a traffic stop in Hancock Feb. 8.


An unattended Princeton residence was broken into and numerous tools stolen Feb. 10. Trooper Kim Sawyer is investigating. There are currently no suspects.

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