Island Police Log: Fleeing suspect finally caught



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A Southwest Harbor man who reportedly fled from an August 2015 traffic stop is alleged to have done it again recently. This time, he faces charges stemming from both those events.

According to Chief Alan Brown, Brandon Thomas, 27, was seen driving a green 1993 Jeep on Aug. 26 by an officer who knew that there were outstanding arrest warrants against Thomas. The officer followed Thomas to a home on the Marshall Brook Road where Thomas reportedly got out of the vehicle and ran off.

Five months later, almost to the day, Officer Rick Graham received a tip that Thomas was driving in town and operating the same green Jeep. Graham, on patrol, spotted Thomas, who reportedly used the same tactic he used in August. Thomas pulled into a driveway and ran off. This time, he decided to surrender to police, which he did several hours later.

Thomas then was arrested on the outstanding warrants, which included forgery. Earlier this month, he was summonsed on two counts of operating after habitual offender revocation: one count for the August incident, the other for January.

Police responded Monday to a report of someone banging on the exterior of a residence and running from the scene. The incident turned out to be a prank.

An incident of possible cyber bullying at the Pemetic Elementary School was reported Monday. Police are investigating.

A Clark Point Road resident reported Saturday that her car had been scratched by a vandal.

Bar Harbor

Twice this week, Officer Brad O’Neil responded to reports of people finding hypodermic needles when out walking. Monday morning, someone walking on a path off the Schooner Head Road said they found a glasses case, opened it, and saw two needles inside. O’Neil and two Acadia National Park rangers found the case and disposed of the needles.

On Feb. 17, someone reported seeing two needles on Cromwell Harbor Road. O’Neil found the needles, which he said had not been used, and disposed of them.

Malorie Churchill, 25, of Bar Harbor was driving her Subaru north on Norway Drive after midnight Feb. 16 when she lost control on a slippery section of road. The car struck a tree and needed to be towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

Leckera Gailian, 27, of Bar Harbor, was driving her Chevy Cruze on Route 3 Friday night when it struck a deer. The vehicle sustained some damage but was still drivable, police said. She was not injured.

A telephone wire was knocked down on Ledgelawn Ave during the Feb. 16 wind storm.

Officer Timothy Bland and Acadia National Park rangers assisted a group of park visitors who were locked out of their car at the Sand Beach parking lot Feb. 16.

Horses were reported running loose the morning of Feb. 17 in the McFarland Hill area. They were retrieved by the owner and back in the stable in time for breakfast, police said.

Mount Desert

Nancy Weingarten, 69, of Southwest Harbor was issued a summons Monday charging her with operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Police disposed of a used syringe found Saturday in the parking lot of a Somesville convenience store.

Drug paraphernalia was found Friday in Seal Harbor and turned over to police.

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