October 28, 2021

Deputy recovers with broken hip

ELLSWORTH – A Hancock County sheriff’s deputy involved in a vehicle collision Monday evening while answering a domestic disturbance call remained hospitalized Tuesday with a fractured pelvis, according to officials.

Deputy Loren Jason Clarke was responding to a domestic disturbance call Monday evening in Orland when his cruiser was struck by a truck driving away from the complainant’s house, Hancock County Sheriff William Clark said Tuesday.

“He has a fractured hip and pelvic bone,” Clark said of the deputy.

Casey O’Donnell, 19, of Bucksport was driving the truck north on Route 176 when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the driver’s side of the cruiser. Clarke was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor while O’Donnell was taken to the same hospital by ambulance.

A spokeswoman at the hospital said Tuesday that Clarke and O’Donnell were hospitalized in fair condition.

Sheriff Clark said the deputy likely will have to recuperate for two months before he can return to work. He said that side and front air bags in the cruiser deployed during the accident.

“His complete left side took the brunt of the impact,” the sheriff said. “They’re going to keep him at the hospital a few more days.”

O’Donnell apparently was ejected from the truck through the passenger side window but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to Clark. Both men are lucky they were not more seriously hurt, he said.

Clark said the deputy clocked O’Donnell driving 89 mph moments before the accident but that police believe the truck slowed to between 65 and 70 mph by the time the collision occurred.

The Bucksport man has a history of speeding, according to the sheriff. He said O’Donnell was arrested last September by Ellsworth police for driving 96 mph on Bucksport Road.

“This is a young man who needs to change his driving habits,” Clark said.

The sheriff said the disturbance to which Clarke was responding was verbal in nature and that it is not believed any assault occurred. O’Donnell is not yet facing any charges but some may be filed pending the result of the investigation into the accident, he said.

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