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Vergennes Police Log: Officers cite New Yorker, 70, for DUI-drugs

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Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday cited a 70-year-old resident of New York state for driving under the influence of drugs, specifically marijuana.

The city police department’s Drug Recognition Expert noticed a vehicle allegedly weaving on West Main Street and pulled it over, and after testing the driver, Martin Leffer, alleged he was DUI-marijuana and cited him. Results of a blood test will determine the final charge, police said.

In other incidents between April 9 and 15, Vergennes police:

On April 9:

•  Responded first on behalf of Vermont State Police to a one-car accident on Panton Road in Panton in which a vehicle struck a utility pole. City police said state police are handling the accident (see Vermont State Police Log), and the Vergennes Area Rescue squad took the driver to Porter Hospital.

•  Took two reports for insurance purposes of cars struck in parking lots, one in an unspecified location and one at United Technologies on Panton Road.

•  Dealt with an accident on Main Street in which a moving vehicle struck a parked vehicle.

On April 10:

•  Helped Middlebury police with background information for an investigation.

•  Sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to help a sheriff’s department deputy at a Route 22A traffic stop.

•  Handled a fender-bender in the Country Commons parking lot.

•  Sent the department K-9 unit to help state police at a traffic stop involving a drug investigation at the intersection of Route 7 and Tuppers Crossing; city police said the dog alerted on the vehicle.

On April 11:

•  Responded first to an accident just north of the city on Route 7 in which a car allegedly went across the center line and struck the trailer of a truck as it tried to avoid the car, with that action causing the truck to flip on its side. Police said the driver was transported to the UVM Medical Center, and that state police are handling the investigation.

•  Helped Hinesburg police by issuing a subpoena to a city resident.

•  Investigated an alleged assault at Northlands Job Corps that led to the dismissal of one student, but not to a citation.

On April 12:

•  Heard a complaint from a woman that an unknown party had been writing her name on walls of men’s rooms around the county.

•  Contacted the owner of a wallet found on an ACTR bus.

•  Were told someone who left a Thomas Circle home might be a drunk driver; police issued an alert, but no stop was made.

On April 14:

•  Responded to a two-vehicle crash on South Water Street.

•  Were told someone who left a South Water Street home might be a drunk driver; police issued an alert, but no stop was made.

•  Backed up state police at a local drunken driving stop.

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