LINCOLN – A trail of blood across a section of town had police baffled briefly Tuesday, but the investigation led to a man whose wound appeared to be self-inflicted.
“We weren’t sure what had happened,” said Lincoln police Officer Ray Goodspeed about pools and splatterings of blood that were first found on the sidewalk near the beach and continued, sporadically, down the street.
The trail would cross about a mile and a half, Lincoln Police Chief Hank Dusenbery said Tuesday afternoon.
A passer-by had first spotted the blood about 8 a.m. and police followed the trail, although Goodspeed said the trail would disappear only to reappear 50 to 150 feet away.
Lincoln police enlisted the help of State Trooper Josh D’Angelo and his police dog Cesar. About a half-hour into the tracking, the trail ended at a dirt driveway outside an apartment building by Frost and Main streets, the trooper said. There were tire tracks in the dirt.
Where a vehicle had been there was more blood, but Goodspeed said it wasn’t clear whether the injured man was driving or had been a passenger in what police said was the man’s pickup truck.
They later learned that the 42-year-old man, whose name was not being released, was treated at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln where he received 22 stitches on his arm.
Police learned his name and began looking for him. Goodspeed and D’Angelo conferred about possible places. But state Game Warden Ron Dunham, who had joined the search, found the injured man.
Goodspeed said the man was uncooperative and would say little.
“He wasn’t very forthcoming with information,” Goodspeed said. The man wouldn’t say specifically what happened but said enough to convince police that he had cut himself, Goodspeed said. There are no charges pending at this time, the officer said.