Island Police Log: Driver leaves scene

MOUNT DESERT — A Seal Harbor man was summonsed on a charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident early in the morning of Dec. 17. Shaun Conley, 21, was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse on Route 102 near the Mount Desert – Southwest Harbor town line, according to reports, when it reportedly struck a guardrail.

Police found the unoccupied vehicle with disabling front-end damage, resting on a guard rail. The Eclipse was towed from the scene.

Police contacted Conley by phone. He was also summonsed on a charge of failure to give notice of the accident by quickest means.

Conley’s chest struck the steering wheel in the crash, he told police, and his passenger’s head struck the windshield, causing cuts and dizziness. Neither had been wearing seatbelts, he said. They did not seek medical treatment.

A car was towed after a rollover accident on Route 198, midmorning on Dec. 17. A 2003 Toyota Tacoma operated by Christopher Costello, 49, of Mount Desert, left the road and landed on its side. The driver reported to police that he had lost control of the vehicle, over-corrected, hit a coping stone, and went into the woods landing on the driver’s side. No injuries were reported.

A runaway dog found on Sargent Drive the afternoon of Dec. 20 was retrieved by the owner a short time later.

A gust of wind blowing a door open is believed to have set off the burglar alarm at a Somesville residence Friday morning.

Police helped a Bar Harbor resident push his vehicle off the road to await a tow truck after the vehicle had broken down at the traffic light in Somesville Friday morning.

Police stopped to check on a vehicle with a flat tire on the side of Route 102 in Somesville Saturday evening. When the driver said the flat tire had been caused by driving over a pothole near the Somesville library, police contacted the Department of Transportation, which maintains the road, and placed cones around it to warn other drivers.


Bar Harbor

Police issued parking tickets to cars in violation of the overnight parking ban on Dec. 17 in the early morning a snow storm, after attempting to contact the vehicles’ owners.

Regina Charette, 41, of Southwest Harbor was stopped for allegedly operating while distracted the evening of Dec. 17 on Route 102 near the head of the island. She was summonsed on a charge of attaching false plates.

The morning of Dec. 20, a 2007 Freightliner garbage truck operated by Elliot Wight, 48, of Bangor was backing up in a parking lot at Conners Emerson School when it reportedly slid on ice into an unoccupied school bus, last operated by Michael Junkins, 43, of Milford. There was minor damage to the school bus, and no injuries reported.

Only minor damage resulted when one car struck another while the driver was trying to park on Myrtle Avenue the afternoon of Dec. 20, police said. A 2013 Ford Focus operated by Natalie Smith, 46, of Bar Harbor reportedly struck a parked 2011 Subaru owned by Earl Brechlin, 64, of Bar Harbor. Minor scratches on the Focus and no injuries were reported.

Friday afternoon, a 2016 Chevy Silverado operated by Millard Dority, 65, of Bar Harbor reportedly backed into a parked 2000 Ford Ranger on Pleasant Street. The Ranger, owned by Erick Belanger, 39 of Sullivan was damaged on the driver’s side. No injuries were reported.


Southwest Harbor

A man was warned Dec. 18 for reportedly harassing a woman who lives in the same housing complex.

Wood debris was reported in the middle of Herrick Road the morning of Dec. 18. An officer removed the wood from the road and town public works staff came to retrieve it.

A town plow driver asked police to help locate the owner of a vehicle parked on Main Street, in violation of the winter parking ban, on Dec. 19. Police were not successful in contacting the vehicle’s owner.

Two different residents reportedly received scam phone calls Dec. 19, in which a caller told the residents they were going to be arrested. An officer assured the callers it was a scam and provided them with information to report the problem.

The 2013 Ford Focus driven by Victoria Renwick, 58, of Gouldsboro had front-end damage when it struck a deer on Route 102 near Smuggler’s Den around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 20. Renwick was not injured in the accident and was able to drive the Focus from the collision.

Police are investigating a report from Dec. 20 of a resident’s tires being slashed while his vehicle was parked near his home.

Southwest Harbor Police assisted the Sanford Police Department to locate a person who had left their wallet in Sanford Dec. 20. An officer reported the person no longer lives in Southwest Harbor.

Police received a call from a Marshall Brook Road resident reporting a truck driving in their neighbor’s field around noon on Friday. When an officer spoke to the driver of the truck, they agreed to stay out of the field.

Peter Evans, 40, of Bass Harbor was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. Evans had been pulled over on the Bass Harbor Road for a defunct plate light.

Police received a report on Sunday around 1:20 p.m. of a suspicious car on Acadia National Park property. There was no license plate or description of the vehicle that was reportedly left idling on the Lurvey Spring Road. When an officer arrived, the vehicle was gone.

An officer stopped to assist a vehicle that had run out of gas on the side of the road on Sunday around 1:45 p.m. until AAA arrived.



A Ford 250 driven by Stephen Ward, 42, of Tremont reportedly collided with a deer on Tremont Road around 4 p.m. on Friday. The Ford had front end damage; Ward was not injured in the collision.

A resident driving on Tremont Road Friday afternoon reported a deer lying in the ditch that appeared to be injured from an unreported accident. A deputy shot the deer and the man who found it was given the deer.



A 2012 Mercedes driven by Jennifer Grant, 41, of Southwest Harbor was damaged when it reportedly ran into a fallen tree in the roadway on Route 3 Friday evening.


Acadia National Park

Rangers assisted a 55-year-old woman on Gilmore Mountain Dec. 16 who reportedly fell, broke a finger and had a cut on her head. The woman was able to walk to the carriage road; she was taken to MDI Hospital in an ambulance.

No injuries or damage were reported when a vehicle reportedly slid off the road near Sieur de Monts Dec. 18.

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