September 24, 2017
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Windshield of Hancock County sheriff’s cruiser broken by snowball in Orland

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ORLAND, Maine — Anyone ever hit by one knows a snowball packed with ice can sting. Apparently, it can also break a windshield.

According to a daily report from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jeff McFarland was driving a cruiser on U.S. Route 1 in Orland around 10 p.m. Tuesday night when several snowballs were thrown at his vehicle.

“One of the snowballs struck and broke the windshield,” McFarland wrote in the report.

The deputy indicated that more than one snowball-chucking suspect fled the scene of the crime.

Holly Allen, an employee at Portland Glass in Trenton, said that while a snowball might seem innocent, it wouldn’t be difficult for one to do real damage to glass.

“It depends, I guess, on what kind of a snowball it was,” she said. “It could, definitely, [break glass] if it was thrown hard enough. A windshield is laminated glass. There’s three layers: glass, plastic, and glass. It probably broke the outer layer.”

An investigation into who broke the deputy’s windshield is ongoing, according to the report. McFarland was off-duty and unavailable to comment Thursday morning.

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