ELLSWORTH — Maine Maritime Academy football star Kirk Matthieu has been charged with criminal mischief and is expected to appear in Fifth District Court in Ellsworth on Thursday, Dec. 2.
Matthieu, 22, of Fairfield was summoned on Nov. 3 after an incident at the Ellsworth Mobil Mart on High Street.
He is still a member of the team, however, and is eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Westfield State from Massachusetts.
According to the police report, Matthieu and a male companion entered the store and asked to buy some beer at around 2:16 a.m. on Nov. 3. Because state law forbids the sale of alcoholic beverages after 1 a.m., the store employees refused to sell the beer.
Matthieu and his companion were accompanied by two women who remained in the vehicle, which is owned by one of the women.
While they were in the store, Matthieu and his companion asked for the key to the men’s room. Shortly after they left the restroom, an employee went in and “found (the restroom) almost totally destroyed,” the police report said. The store employees noted the license-plate number on the vehicle and reported the incident to police.
About 20 minutes later, a vehicle that fit the description given by the store employees was stopped by a Bar Harbor Police officer. Matthieu allegedly admitted that he was responsible for the damage to the restroom, the police report said. The three people with him were not charged. Damage to the restroom was estimated at $750.
Matthieu could not be reached for a comment Thursday evening.
Maine Maritime Academy football coach John Huard said Matthieu’s football eligibility is not affected by his involvement in the incident. Matthieu is expected to be in the lineup when the Mariners play Westfield State for the New England Football Conference championship Saturday in Castine.
“I wouldn’t have suspended him,” Huard said. “He admitted to it. He made a bad decision. We all make mistakes, and you learn from them.”
The 5-foot-7, 180-pound Matthieu has had a stellar career at MMA, running into the Division III record books.
The former Lawrence High School star was on a pace to become the all-time leading rusher in Division III football before he suffered a torn ligament in his right knee during a game on Oct. 9.
Matthieu, who has been sidelined ever since, is the No. 3 rusher in Division III history, having rolled up 5,068 yards for the Mariners. He also ranks in the top six all-time players in a handful of other rushing categories.