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Bait truck owner elusive as Ellsworth seeks payment for spill

Mario Moretto | BDN
Mario Moretto | BDN
Two Ellsworth firefighters pressure-spray Bucksport Road near the intersection with Route 172 in Ellsworth on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, after an unidentified bait truck spilled some of its load of herring heads, making for slippery, dangerous road conditions.
By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Dead-end phone numbers, mystery addresses and a nearly $2,500 cleanup bill.

Those are the pieces of the puzzle as Ellsworth police seek payment for a bait truck spill that shut down a stretch of Bucksport Road this week before firefighters, police officers and highway crews were able to degrease the slippery, stinking road.

Lt. Harold Page said a bait truck believed to have been the offender was pulled over in Gouldsboro on Tuesday after Ellsworth police put out an alert about the spill. The truck was registered to Capt. R. Herring, a Rockland company, Page said.

Gouldsboro police passed along the driver’s and vehicle’s information to Ellsworth, and Page put together a bill for the company, seeking restitution for the spill. The problem, Page said, is he can’t find any contact information for the company.

“The address doesn’t show up in Rockland Police Department’s database, and the City of Rockland shows it as a warehouse,” Page said Friday. “They gave me a phone number, but that’s been disconnected.”

“Not being able to find out who the owner is, I’ve sent a bill to the company,” Page said.

The lieutenant also has sent the Rockland police a summons for the truck’s driver on a charge of driving with an unsecured load. Page declined to name the driver until the summons is served.

Driving with an unsecured load is a civil infraction, and carries a fine of $150 to $500.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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