Island Police: Slippery roads, deer blamed for multiple crashes 

Southwest Harbor  

After a burglar alarm at a Herrick Road property went off around 1 p.m. on Feb. 2, police checked the home, deemed it a false alarm and notified the property owner. 

A slippery road led to a car off the road on Long Hill around 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 2, according to a police report. The car was pulled out by a wrecker and was not damaged. 

Police received a report of a person shoveling snow from their driveway onto Main Street around 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 2. When an officer arrived and informed the shoveler that their actions were illegal, they stopped.  

A vehicle was reported off the road north of Wonderland around 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 2. When an officer arrived in the area, he found the vehicle off the road in an area south of Ship Harbor, which is in Bass Harbor. The Hancock County Sheriff Office was notified.  

A woman called police on Feb. 3 around 2:45 p.m. to report being harassed by phone. An officer spoke with her about her options and said he would attempt to contact the person doing the alleged harassing.  

An officer reported doing a property check on a Seal Cove Road property at the request of the owner on Feb. 3 around 7:30 p.m. According to the officer, it appeared no one had been at the property for a while but there were still furniture and other items inside.  

Police responded to a report of a raccoon on the porch of someone’s home around 7 p.m. on Feb. 4. When the officer arrived, the raccoon went back into the woods. The officer asked the resident to call the police if the raccoon returned and information regarding the animal was passed on to the state’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife department.  

Police were asked on Feb. 4 around 6:30 p.m. to help the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office contact a person who is involved in an investigation. According to the report, the person was not home and could not be contacted.  

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office asked if an officer from Southwest Harbor could go shoot an injured deer that was involved in a car/deer accident in Tremont around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. When the officer arrived, the deer was already dead, according to the report.  

Around 8 a.m. on Friday, the 2014 BMW driven by Keith Culshaw, 52, of Southwest Harbor, collided with a deer on Main Street. There was damage to the grill and front headlight on the BMW, but it could be driven from the accident. The deer died from the collision. 

Police received a report of a vehicle off the road near the Echo Lake entrance around 2 p.m. on Friday. According to the report, a family member arrived with shovels to help and the person was able to drive out of the snow without the help of a wrecker.  

An intoxicated person on Main Street was reported on Sunday around 8:30 p.m. When an officer responded to the location, the person was not found.  

A 911 misdial around 2:30 p.m. on Monday was the result of a phone system that requires the caller to dial nine first. When the caller entered 11 for the extension they were trying to reach, they got the police instead. 

Vehicles on Main Street parked longer than the marked time limit were reported around 4:30 p.m. on Monday. When an officer arrived, the vehicles were gone.  


Gunshots were reported around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. When a deputy spoke with the man who reported them, he was concerned the shooting was not being done in a safe area and asked for more patrols in the area. 

Southwest Harbor Police assisted with a car/deer accident on Tremont Road around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. A deer ran into the road in front of a 2019 GMC Yukon driven by Melinda Tracy, 47, of Tremont, and she was not able to stop in time, hitting the deer. There was non-reportable damage to the front of the Yukon and Tracy escaped injury, according to the report. 


Information regarding an attempted fraud reported on Feb. 4 around 2:30 p.m. was documented.  

A deputy reported helping a woman whose vehicle had broken down on Route 3 around 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. A tow truck was called and a family member came to retrieve the woman.  

A 52-year-old woman called the sheriff’s office on Monday around 3:15 p.m. to report an incident that happened to her 12-year-old son while he was at school. She told a deputy that her son had been in a physical altercation. After speaking with the deputy, the woman decided the best thing to do was meet with the school principal who could decide whether to pursue disciplinary action. 

Bar Harbor 

On Feb. 2 at 12:56 p.m., an officer responded to a vehicle off the road due to poor road conditions. 

At 2:04 p.m. on Feb. 2, the police department took a report of suspicious activity that turned out to be employees performing snow-removal duties. 

Officers responded to Mount Desert Island Hospital at 3:12 p.m. on Feb. 2 to assist with a disorderly patient. 

On Feb. 3 close to 11 a.m., a 2018 Chevy pickup, operated by Jeffrey A. Lewis, 34, of Bar Harbor, was doing some snow removal for the town when it backed into a parked 2017 GMC pickup operated by Andrew R. Shea, 54, of Bar Harbor. No one was injured but there was some damage to the GMC. 

An officer responded to a vehicle that had gone off the road on Crooked Road on Feb. 3 close to 4 p.m. The vehicle was town back onto the roadway and incurred no damage. 

Officers responded to Mount Desert Island Hospital a couple of times on Feb. 3 to help with disorderly patients. 

A bit after 11 p.m. on Feb. 3, an officer saw two vehicles that would interfere with snow removal. The owners were contacted, and the vehicles were moved. 

At 2:42 a.m. on Feb. 4, Jose Meira, 56, of Bangor, was driving a 2000 Honda Accord near the intersection of State Highway 3 and Crooked Road when he lost control due to ice and left the roadway, causing the vehicle to strike a utility pole. The accident caused minor damage to the pole and disabling damage to the passenger side of the Accord. Meira was uninjured. 

On Feb. 4 at 3:03 a.m., an officer responded to a 911 call. Two subjects were having an altercation, but no charges were filed. 

On Feb. 4 at 6:21 a.m., Jon Wood, 39, of Ellsworth, operating a 2015 Freightliner 108SD was making a right-hand turn into a parking area when the vehicle slipped on ice and its plow struck the side of a house on Lennox Street, causing damage to the east-facing wall. There was no damage to the Freightliner and Wood was not injured. 

At 10:38 a.m. on Friday, a 2015 Freighter, operated by Thomas Hudgins, 50, of Maine, was pulling through the Hammond Lumber parking lot on State Highway 102 to make a delivery and struck a parked 2004 Chevy operated by Shawn Hall, 42, of Maine. Both vehicles sustained operable, reportable damage but no one was hurt. 

On Friday at 12:46 p.m., Christina Gray, 53, of Maine, was backing her 2016 GMC into a driveway and struck a legally-parked 2013 Toyota operated by Tracy Hicks, 53. Both vehicles were damaged but no one was injured. 

An officer checked the well-being of a woman on Friday around 3 p.m. who had been heard screaming earlier in the day. 

At 3:53 p.m. on Friday, a motor vehicle complaint was called in to the police department. An officer stopped the vehicle and warned the driver for his poor operation. 

A motorist called into the department to report an injured raccoon on Route 102 at 8:28 p.m. on Friday. When the officer responded to the scene, the raccoon was put out of its misery. 

On Saturday at 9:23 a.m., an officer was asked to secure a firearm from a Salisbury Cove resident. 

At 9:07 a.m. on Sunday, a woman brought a dog she had found running loose into the station. A short time later, the dog’s owner came to the station to get it. 

On Sunday at 6:18 p.m., Mitchell Farren, 32, of Ellsworth, called the police department to say that while he was traveling east on Eagle Lake Road, he attempted to turn his 2018 Ford F250 Super Duty 4×4 onto the Cromwell Harbor Road but lost control due to the snow-covered road and the vehicle struck some trees. Farren was uninjured, but the truck sustained damage to the front right hood, grill, bumper and rear left taillight and fender.  

Mount Desert 

An officer was advised of a vehicle off the road along Sound Drive on Feb. 2 at 2:29 p.m. When the vehicle was located, the driver told the officer he was uninjured and that there was no damage to the vehicle. The driver told the officer he had already called for a tow truck, so no further police action was taken. 

On Feb. 2 at 6:11 p.m., an officer spoke with a resident regarding a possible violation of a protective order, but it was determined that no violation had taken place. 

On Feb. 4 at 2:33 p.m., an officer responded to a report of a downed utility line on Rowland Road. 

At 9:54 a.m. on Friday, a woman called the police department to request a security check on a residence. Officers were assigned to patrol the property for several days. 

An officer checked on a downed wire on Spruce Road in Northeast Harbor at 4:25 p.m. on Friday. The officer made contact with the property’s caretaker who said the owner would be notified. 

An officer responded to a parking complaint on Sound Drive at 3:52 p.m. on Saturday. 

At 12:24 p.m. on Sunday, dispatch received a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Highway 102 and Sound Drive. A 2011 VW Golf being operated by a minor was driving southbound along State Highway 102 and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Sound Drive. A 2015 Subaru Forester, operated by Samual Johnson, 29, of Mount Desert, was driving northbound along State Highway 102 and had a green light through the intersection. The minor driver failed to yield and struck the Forester, causing disabling damage to both vehicles, including air bag deployment in the Golf. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, but no injuries were reported. 

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