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Vermont State Police Log: Road rage results in multiple charges

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Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police charged a Brandon man with two counts of domestic assault, unlawful mischief and committing a crime in the presence of a child, following a road rage incident in Sudbury on Monday evening.

Troopers were dispatched to  Burr Pond Road in Sudbury at around 10:05 p.m. on July 16, and determined that Brennan Potter, 26, had attempted to run another car, containing two members of his family, off the road. A child in that car sustained minor injuries, and an unspecified victim sustained property damage exceeding $250.

Potter ran away, but state police, assisted by Rutland City police and a police dog, found Potter in the woods near his home. State police processed Potter at the Rutland barracks and jailed him at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland; bail was set at $5,000.

Potter was due to answer the charge on July 17.

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:

•  On July 12 at around 6:34 p.m., responded to a car fire on Route 22A near Norton Town Road in Addison. The Addison Fire Department extinguished the fire, which totaled the car but did not injure any of the occupants. Route 22A was temporarily reduced to a single lane of traffic due to the fire.

Police said their preliminary investigation showed that an 18-year-old Pennsylvania woman was driving the VW Passat northbound on 22A when she pulled the vehicle off the roadway momentarily. Apparently the vehicle set the grass off of the roadway on fire, and the fire spread to the vehicle.

•  On July 12 at about 10:30 a.m., attempted to stop a car on Route 7 in New Haven for an equipment violation, when the car’s driver escaped by driving into a nearby junkyard and then fleeing on foot. An investigation identified the driver as Timothy Taylor, 52, of Bristol. Police report that during the investigation Taylor provided false information to law enforcement authorities in an attempt to deflect the investigation.

Police cited Taylor for driving with a suspended license, attempting to elude the police and false statements to police.

State police were assisted on scene by Bristol and Vergennes police.

•  On July 16 at about 9:11 a.m., responded to a car crash on Route 116 South in Bristol. Valerie Sullivan, 32, of West Rutland told police that she was turning left from Cobble Road onto Route 116, when a car driving south on 116 “came up on me fast,” swerved around her and went off the road. The other driver was Blake Searle, 23, of Fleischmanns, N.Y., whose car was totaled. Both Sullivan and Searle were uninjured and not charged for the crash itself, but Sullivan was charged with driving with a criminally suspended license.

•  Searched for a missing Shoreham boy who had run away from home on the evening of July 16, but called off the search on the morning of July 17 after the boy returned home on his own. The 11-year-old had gone missing at around 5 p.m. on July 16. Police said he was in good health and good spirits following his time away from home.

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