Ellsworth man charged after passing out in Jeep in woman’s driveway

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 28, 2012, at 2:11 p.m.

HANCOCK, Maine — An Ellsworth man who allegedly got a car stuck at a local woman’s property before passing out drunk at the wheel is due to appear in court on Jan. 22, according to court documents.

Trooper Michael Southard of the Maine State Police said Robert Abshear, 35, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants in connection with the Dec. 21 incident.

Southard said Thursday that police think Abshear was trying to drive a borrowed 2000 Jeep Cherokee to a house in Lamoine. But instead, Abshear drove the vehicle into the driveway of a woman who lives on Ridgewood Court in Hancock, he added.

“It appears as though he was lost,” Southard said. “He was extremely intoxicated.”

Southard said Abshear drove the vehicle off the edge of the driveway and got it stuck.

The trooper said the woman who lives at the home called police around 2:10 a.m. Dec. 21 to report someone talking outside. She reported it as a conversation, Southard said, but police believe Abshear was talking to himself.

“It was absolutely pouring down rain that night,” Southard said.

Sergeant Tim Varney of the Maine State Police arrived at the scene and found Abshear passed out in the driver’s seat, Southard said. Police woke Abshear and administered field sobriety tests and an intoxilyzer test, all of which Abshear failed, the trooper said. He declined to specify the results of the intoxilyzer test.

“He was over the legal limit,” Southard said. “He was having some difficulty standing.”

The legal blood-alcohol limit for operating a vehicle in Maine is 0.08 percent.

There did not appear to be any damage to the Jeep, according to Southard.

Abshear was taken to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth and subsequently was bailed out. Information about Abshear’s bail amount was not immediately available Friday morning. According to court documents, Abshear’s bail conditions prohibit him from possessing or using alcohol or drugs, or from possessing dangerous weapons. Abshear also has to submit to random searches and tests to make sure he is compliant with his bail conditions.

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