Troop J Weekly Report (09-14-20 to 09-20-20)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0


Trooper Blaine Silk responded to a crash in Amherst where the driver of the vehicle was reportedly intoxicated. Trooper Silk arrived on scene and determined the operator, Norman Grindle (51) of Amherst was intoxicated. GRINDLE was arrested for Operating Under the Influence.


Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation in Franklin, as a result of the investigation, Eric Carson (41) of Robbinston was summonsed for Operating after Suspension.

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fatal crash on Route 1 in Edmunds involving a single vehicle and single occupant. The operator of a silver 2005 Toyota Camry, Meghan McPhail (19) of Whiting, died as a result of her injuries.  McPhail was travelling North at the time of the crash.  Trooper Keith York responded as the primary investigator and was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jeff Ingemi, Corporal Micah Perkins, Trooper Andy Foss and Washington County Sheriff’s Department.  Speed, alcohol and fatigue are possible factors in this crash.  McPhail was not wearing a seatbelt.  Dennysville Ambulance, Dennysville Fire Department and Whiting Fire Department also assisted.  Investigation continues.


Trooper Owen Reed arrested Ryan Williford (33) of Blue Hill, for Operating Without a License after a traffic stop in Blue Hill.

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a phone harassment complaint in Deer Isle where a harassing message was left on a voicemail.  Investigation continues.

Trooper Jeffrey Taylor summonsed Nicholas Bilger (27) of Jonesboro for Operating After Habitual Offender Revocation – Class C as result of a seatbelt violation in East Machias.


Trooper Gavin Endre responded to an abandoned vehicle on Route 182 in Hancock. Throughout the investigation, Michael Brunt (26) of Steuben was arrested on a Probation Violation, Brunt was highly intoxicated. Travis Yeaton (36) of Steuben was summonsed for Violation of Conditions of Release.  Yeaton was also intoxicated. Corporal Smith assisted.