BAR HARBOR — An Ellsworth man who police said caused a March 9 accident by grabbing the steering wheel of the vehicle he was riding in has been charged with a domestic violence offense.
Aaron Gilbert, 20, was a passenger in a northbound 2016 Dodge minivan that left Route 3 at the intersection with the Hadley Point Road and struck a utility pole, snapping it off.
“He was the passenger and took control of the vehicle,” said Lt. David Kerns. Gilbert and the driver, who are domestic partners, were in the midst of an argument, according to the lieutenant.
The minivan traveled off the right side of the road and across the Hadley Point Road before striking the pole and rolling over “at least once,” Kerns said. Gilbert and the driver, a 24-year-old female, complained of pain and were taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.
After Gilbert was cleared medically, he was charged with domestic violence reckless conduct. Police did not release the name of the driver because she is considered to be the victim of a domestic violence crime.
The accident was reported shortly before 2 p.m. Traffic was rerouted around the accident scene for about an hour, Kerns said.
The Dodge minivan, which Kerns said was rented, is considered a total loss.
Kerns said it was fortunate that no vehicles were stopped on the Hadley Point Road waiting to get onto Route 3; otherwise, someone might have been seriously injured.
The Bar Harbor Fire Department and Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service also responded and assisted police at the scene.