Found license plate leads to driving charges against MDI man

Posted Oct. 08, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 08, 2012, at 6:38 p.m.
Ethan Fogg
Bar Harbor Police Department
Ethan Fogg

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A local man is behind bars after being accused, for the second time this year, of causing local property damage after getting behind the wheel of a pickup truck.

Ethan Fogg, 30, was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly crashed a pickup truck in the woods off Main Street during the weekend.

He is accused of driving a 2012 GMC truck away from the scene after he lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of Main Street and Cromwell Harbor Road at around 2:45 a.m. Sunday. Police later found a license plate that had come off the truck and tracked him and the vehicle down at his house.

Officer Soren Sundberg of the Bar Harbor Police Department said Monday that Fogg is suspected of causing between $20,000 and $25,000 in damage to the pickup truck, which belongs to Fogg’s grandmother.

The truck is not the same GMC pickup truck that Fogg is accused of driving through Ledgelawn Cemetery and onto the Kebo Valley Golf Course in May, according to Sundberg. That vehicle was on loan from a dealer while Fogg’s personal vehicle was in the shop, police have said.

Charges of aggravated criminal mischief and criminal trespass still are pending against Fogg as a result of the May incident, which caused $5,000 in damage to the golf course grounds, Sundberg said.

The incident early Sunday came to the attention of police after a nearby resident called to report he had heard screeching tires and then a thud that sounded like a crash, according to a police summary of the incident.

Police indicated that Fogg is believed to have been driving east on Cromwell Harbor Road before he drove into the ditch and then struck a stop sign where the road intersects Main Street, south of the town’s ballfields. The truck continued, turning left onto Main Street and then, in a wide arc, kept turning to the left until it went off Main Street into some trees, Sundberg said.

The officer said police did not find the truck at the scene but found debris from the incident 62 feet into the woods off of Main Street.

Sundberg said there were multiple witnesses to the incident. He said the witnesses are not believed to have been in the vehicle with Fogg but, citing the ongoing investigation, declined to go into details.

After gathering evidence and conducting interviews, police on Monday morning found Fogg and the damaged truck at his home. Police arrested Fogg on a charge of tampering with a witness, alleging he instructed someone not to tell police what happened, the officer said.

Fogg also was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and failure to report an accident by the quickest means, according to police.

Sundberg said Fogg still was being held Monday afternoon at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth on $2,000 cash bail.

Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.

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