Island Police Log: Car-deer accidents on upswing

BAR HARBOR — Three traffic accidents involving deer were reported this week, two on Route 3 and one on Main Street. Two of the accidents resulted in enough damage that the cars needed to be towed. Airbags deployed in one case. This time of year, Lt. David Kerns said, deer are on the move because temperatures at night are dropping and because the rutting season is in full swing.

Kelsey Michaud, 22, of Alton was summonsed Nov. 10 on Norway Drive on a charge of operating after suspension.

Stephen Leiser, 26, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Nov. 13 on Kebo Street on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Caution tape that had been left behind following roadside work on Route 3 near Sand Point Road blew partway across the road Nov. 11, according to reports. It appeared to have been strung across the roadway. Officer Judson Cake removed the tape when he discovered it on an early morning patrol.

Southwest Harbor

A man found asleep Saturday night behind the wheel of his parked and running pickup truck was not intoxicated or incapacitated in any way. He was just sleeping very soundly.

Lt. Mike Miller responded to the parking lot near Carroll Drug Store after someone reported the suspicious vehicle. Miller knocked on the window several times but got no response. It was only after the officer opened the unlocked door that the snoozing driver awoke. After a sobriety check, the driver was sent on his way.

Medications used to reverse the effects of opiate overdoses have saved many lives, possibly including that of a 19-year-old man here on Sunday.

Police and emergency medical technicians responded to a report that the man was breathing but unconscious. He recovered after emergency workers administered the overdose reversal drug Narcan. He later admitted that he had injected heroin and refused further treatment.

Drug paraphernalia was found Monday in a bag on the Shore Road. That same day, a landlord reported finding drug paraphernalia while cleaning out from where tenants had been evicted.


A traffic stop Sunday led to the arrest of a Frenchboro man on a drug charge.

Timothy Wiggins, 32, was arrested on charges of possessing the scheduled drug suboxone and operating after revocation.

According to a Nov. 9 report, large rocks falling from a dump truck onto the road led to a summons for a Tremont man.

Allen Parsons, 64, was summonsed for having an unsecured load of gravel.

A resident reported Nov. 9 that a rifle was missing from his home. The weapon was taken sometime during the past month.

Mount Desert

Complaints of a mangy coyote running around downtown Northeast Harbor resulted in police calling the warden’s service about the matter on Sunday.

A resident reported Friday that a driver’s side window in her car had been smashed. Damage is estimated at $200.

Christopher Gray, 48, of Mount Desert was driving Nov. 11 on the Oak Hill Road when his 2013 Dodge pickup struck a deer. Damage reportedly is minor.

Swans Island

A resident reported Nov. 9 that apples had been taken from his orchard without permission.

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