May 22, 2018
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Allegedly suicidal man facing multiple charges after Ellsworth crash leaves four injured

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An allegedly intoxicated and suicidal Ellsworth man is facing multiple charges after the car he was driving crashed into another vehicle on High Street late Tuesday night, injuring himself and three other people.

Stanley Swallow, 27, was very intoxicated at the time of the crash and had threatened to kill himself, according to Sgt. Kelvin Mote of the Ellsworth Police Department.

Mote said that Swallow was driving the wrong way down Route 3 past the Ellsworth Car Wash shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday when his car struck the curb near the McDonald’s restaurant. Striking the curb caused the vehicle to spin around and skid sideways into the intersection of Routes 1 and 3 where it struck a vehicle driven by Edna Floyd, 65, of Franklin.

Swallow suffered a broken pelvis in the crash and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. A nursing supervisor at EMMC said Wednesday night that he was in fair condition.

Floyd and two passengers in her car, Erma Rudolph, 81, and Joy Gearhart, 10, both of Ellsworth, all complained of pain after the accident. All three were taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth where they were treated and later released.

Both vehicles were demolished in the accident.

Mote said that based on statements Swallow made at the scene about trying to kill himself, the crash was not considered an accident, but an intentional act. Swallow was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, operating after suspension, aggravated driving to endanger, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal mischief.

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