SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A 24-year-old Tremont man is in critical condition after crashing his ATV Friday night on the Seal Cove Road while reportedly attempting to evade police.
Chief Alan Brown said police received a report of an intoxicated person driving an ATV on a public road shortly before 10 p.m. Officer Franklin Burke responded and found the driver, later identified as Taylor Sanborn, westbound on the Seal Cove Road near the intersection with Main Street and attempted to stop the ATV.
“The ATV fled at a high rate of speed,” Brown said.
Burke followed at what police said was “a reasonable speed” and came upon the crash scene. Sanborn went off the road just before the Long Pond Road and crashed into several trees, sustaining serious injuries. He was taken by the Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance Service to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor and later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where, as of Monday morning, he remained in critical condition, Brown said.
Brown could not confirm that Sanborn drove from Tremont to Southwest Harbor on the seasonal section of the Seal Cove Road that travels through Acadia National Park but did say, “That would be my guess.” The gates that block the road during the off-season are still closed, but there is evidence that ATVs have been going around the gates, Brown added.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Southwest Harbor Fire Department assisted Southwest Harbor police. In addition, Sgt. Chad Wilmot of the Ellsworth Police Department conducted an accident reconstruction at the scene.
Brown said the incident remains under investigation and charges against Sanborn are possible.