BAR HARBOR — A Southwest Harbor man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly threatened a firefighter with a metal bat at a traffic accident scene. Paul Bellocchio, 68, was arrested on a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
According to reports, he was angry because they wouldn’t let him drive his Jeep through a section of Route 102 where a power line was down across the road, police said. A member of the Bar Harbor Fire Department asked police for assistance via radio when Bellocchio allegedly threatened him with a small aluminum bat of the kind used by truck drivers to test tire inflation.
Bar Harbor Police Officer Larry Fickett, who had been a hundred yards away working on reports, ran over to the Jeep. Bellocchio cooperated when Fickett asked him to get out of the car and placed him in handcuffs.
“He still had the bat in his hand when he got out of the car, so he tossed it away onto the ground,” Lt. David Kerns said. “He apologized for the threat and said he was just frustrated at the traffic.”
He sat by the side of the road until Kerns arrived in another cruiser. The two officers escorted him to the car. He was taken to the Bar Harbor Police Station and was later released on bail.
The downed power line was a result of a three-car crash at the intersection of Route 102 and Indian Point Road. The cars were in a line of traffic headed north and slowed when another vehicle made a left turn onto Indian Point Road. A 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by David Rea, 26, of Ellsworth struck the rear of a 1988 Dodge pickup truck driven by Dale Stockbridge, 35, of Swans Island. Stockbridge swerved to the right to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him. His truck struck a utility pole, knocking down a power line leading to a residence and business across the street. The truck also hit the vehicle in front, a 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by David White, 25, of Dedham.
Rea suffered a minor leg injury and was treated by Bar Harbor Fire Department paramedics; no one else involved was injured. The Corolla had minor damage; the Caliber and truck were both towed due to disabling damage.
Resident Nan Ulett, owner of the Sea Change art studio at that intersection, helped direct traffic at the scene until sufficient fire and police personnel arrived. Route 102 was closed in both directions for about an hour until Emera Maine arrived to clear the power line.
“No power line is safe to touch, walk on or drive over, ever,” Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said.