MOUNT DESERT — Police don’t anticipate additional charges against a driver who fled the scene of a rollover accident Sunday near Echo Lake.
Tim Levesque, 51, of Trenton was arrested about three hours after the accident when officers with a search dog found him hiding in the woods a short distance from the crash site. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and booked into the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.
According to Officer Ken Mitchell, there was no indication that Levesque was intoxicated or impaired at the time of the accident. Levesque gave no explanation for leaving the scene, the officer added.
Levesque was northbound on Route 102 near the Ike’s Point entrance to Echo Lake shortly after noon when the 2002 Chevrolet SUV he was driving veered off the road and into a ditch. As the vehicle came back onto the roadway, it became airborne, landing on the passenger side before rolling over and coming to a rest on its roof in the oncoming lane. A passing driver reported the accident, telling police he saw a man matching Levesque’s description walking away from the upturned vehicle.
A search for Levesque began, with Mount Desert officers getting assistance from the sheriff’s department, Southwest Harbor police and Sgt. Shawn Willey of the Ellsworth Police Department and his canine, Chase. It was Chase that located Levesque hiding in the woods near the southern entrance of the Hall Quarry Road.
Levesque was not injured. It was fortunate that no other vehicles were involved, given the busy Easter traffic, Mitchell said.
Mitchell said on Tuesday he did an inventory of the totaled Chevrolet and didn’t expect additional charges against Levesque.
The Mount Desert Fire Department and Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.
Updated April 19 at 10:07 a.m.