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Police: Man with face covered in blood tries to break into house

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

SULLIVAN, Maine — A Franklin man is facing charges after he allegedly showed up outside another person’s house with blood all over his face and then tried to force his way inside, according to police.

The incident happened around 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Chris Thornton indicated in a report summary. The caller told police that a man with blood covering his face was banging on the side of his house on Taunton Drive and trying to get inside.

Thornton said Thursday that the man told the caller his name was Edward Fowler. Fowler, 20, apparently had been at a party across the town line in Franklin when he drove off in his girlfriend’s car, Thornton said. Why Fowler left the party is not clear, he added.

Fowler ended up crashing the car, rolling it onto its roof just after he turned off Taunton Drive onto Porcupine Lane, according to Thornton. The car, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, was demolished in the crash, he said.

Fowler then is accused of going to multiple nearby houses, calling out the names of people he supposedly had been at the party with, the deputy said. He said county emergency dispatchers received five calls from people in the neighborhood woken up by the commotion.

Fowler then settled on one nearby home and tried repeatedly to get inside, Thornton said, though he did not know the people who live there. Residents in the house had woken up from the sound of a car horn outside and then called police as Fowler allegedly was using a rock to try to break through the window on the front door, the deputy said.

Fowler also is accused of breaking a window of a van parked outside, of damaging a railing, and of trying to force his way into a mobile home on the property that is used for storage, Thornton said.

He said Fowler then disappeared but, five minutes after a deputy arrived at the scene, the officer saw the man crawling out from under a nearby deck and told him to stop.

Fowler allegedly ran into the nearby woods instead. After being called to assist, the Ellsworth Police Department canine unit soon found him hiding in the woods, according to Thornton.

Fowler was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth for injuries including a “significant” laceration under his left eye and a broken front tooth, the deputy sheriff said. Fowler is believed to have injured himself both when he allegedly crashed the car and when he allegedly tried to break into the house.

After being treated at the hospital, Fowler was taken to Hancock County Jail a few blocks away. He is facing charges of operating a motor vehicle after suspension, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, and criminal mischief, according to Thornton.

The deputy sheriff said police are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test taken at the hospital. He said Fowler has since bailed out of jail on $1,000 unsecured cash.

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