Ellsworth man accused of hitting school crossing guard with Buick

Posted March 19, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man was summoned Monday on charges of assault and driving to endanger after allegedly striking a crossing guard with his car at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.

The crossing guard told police Monday that he had been having a problem with Ryan Winder, 29, dropping his child off at the school in a no-drop-off zone, despite the guard having instructed him not to. Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Winder allegedly tried to leave his child in the wrong area again.

“So the crossing guard stepped in front of his car, and wouldn’t let him keep going,” said Lt. Harold Page on Tuesday. “Allegedly, according to the victim, Winder bumped him with his car, but he denies doing that.”

Page said it was unclear what the crossing guard’s intentions were when he stepped in front of Winder’s silver Buick LaSabre — whether he intended to have words with Winder or not. The crossing guard told police that before he could speak with the driver, he was struck.

The crossing guard was uninjured by the Buick’s bump, Page said.

Assault is a Class D misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine. Driving to endanger is a Class E misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Information about Winder’s court date was unavailable Tuesday.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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