February 23, 2019
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3 men arrested after running away from police into Ellsworth hospital

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three men were arrested Sunday afternoon at a local hospital after they ran inside in an attempt to get away from police.

The incident resulted in the Northern Light Health Maine Coast Hospital being put into temporary lockdown until responding officers found the men inside the Union Street facility and subdued them, according to Ellsworth police.

“After an altercation with the three males they were taken into custody,” Ellsworth police said in a statement. “Two of the three were treated for minor injuries before being transported to the Hancock County Jail.”

None of the responding officers was injured, police said.

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The incident began around 1:40 p.m. when the men were riding in a pickup truck in Ellsworth and one of them “motioned the threat of a weapon” at a person in another vehicle behind the truck, according to Ellsworth police. Police were notified and then located the truck on East Main Street.

The truck pulled over but the men got out and ignored Officer Steve Mahon’s commands to stop and ran toward the hospital on Union Street, according to Ellsworth police. Police contacted the hospital to have it locked down so no one could get in or out but someone let the men in, police said.

Police found the men a few minutes later in a room on the hospital’s second floor.

Byron Grant, 35, of Harrington; Dirk Sawyer, 22, of Beals; and Brighton Sawyer, 21, of Mercer were arrested, according to Ellsworth police. Each man is facing a felony charge of burglary and misdemeanor charges of terrorizing, disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest, assault, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer and criminal mischief.

Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Ellsworth Police Department with the incident, which remains under investigation, police said.

In a prepared statement released Monday, a hospital spokeswoman did not provide any additional details about the incident.

“Yesterday, at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital we experienced a concerning situation,” Kelley Columber, the hospital’s director of communications, wrote in the statement. “We are grateful to staff on duty for following protocol and law enforcement for a timely response and swift, safe resolution. All hospital staff, patients, and visitors are safe.”



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