BROOKSVILLE, Maine — A Penobscot man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly broke into a Brooksville house, stole a car, crashed the car not far away, and then returned to the house he is accused of breaking into and passed out, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
Michael J. Darragh, 42, was arrested by Deputy Jacob Day around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Day said Monday that Darragh had passed out drunk in the house and woke up as police entered the home to investigate a complaint of suspicious activity at the property.
Darragh was trying to escape through a window of a second-story bedroom when he was apprehended, police said.
“He was drinking all night,” Day said. “He had passed out at some point.”
Day said that Darragh had been dropped off at the property the night before in order to dig for clams on nearby mudflats. Darragh allegedly broke into the house, which was vacant for the winter, stole rugs and blankets, and then drove off in a 1992 BMW he found in the garage.
According to Day, Darragh tried to drive away from the property but hit a patch of ice on the long, dirt driveway, causing the vehicle to slide off into the underbrush and get stuck. The vehicle sustained minor damage in the incident, the deputy said.
Darragh then returned to the house, where police found him after a neighbor called to report a car had been seen on the driveway and that someone was yelling, Day said.
Darragh was arrested on charges of burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, the sheriff’s department said.