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Vergennes Police Log: Driver cited after hitting woman

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VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations to the driver of a car that struck a woman on Main Street on Dec. 12, hospitalizing her. Police said the woman was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington and is recovering from surgery to repair a broken leg.

Cited was Jennifer Goodspeed, 28, of Vergennes, for gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle and for failure to maintain liability insurance.

Police said Goodspeed’s southbound car struck the pedestrian near the intersection of Main and North streets just after 5 p.m. on Dec. 12, and that they are still investigating the details of the accident.

Police also said on New Year’s Eve they plan to operate a sobriety checkpoint in Vergennes, and they asked drivers to be safe and wear seatbelts.

In other incidents between Dec. 12 and 18, Vergennes police:

•  On Dec. 12 dealt with a one-car accident in which the vehicle jumped a curb and struck the downtown Post Office’s handicap access ramp after the driver inadvertently left it in Drive.

•  On Dec. 12 calmed a man and woman arguing behind a Main Street building.

•  On Dec. 13 calmed a domestic dispute at a Second Street home; police took the man involved to the station until a relative could pick him up to stay elsewhere for the night.

•  On Dec. 13 cited Justin Perdiz, 23, of Vergennes for possession of marijuana after smelling smoke outside a Hillside Drive apartment.

•  On Dec. 13 calmed a man and woman arguing in a Main Street apartment.

•  On Dec. 14 cited Kaylyn McGuire, 24, of Essex Junction for driving with a suspended license, driving with plates assigned to another car, and driving without insurance. Police had stopped her for excessive tailgating on West Main Street.

•  On Dec. 14 were called to deal with a student who was reported truant from Vergennes Union High School; police learned he was sick.

•  On Dec. 14 began investigating the theft of rings from a Second Street home.

•  On Dec. 14 disposed of two used syringes that were found behind a Main Street business.

•  On Dec. 14 acted on a tip and found a bag of belongings that included drug paraphernalia near the Otter Creek Falls. Police traced the belongings to a Bristol woman, and the case remains under investigation.

•  On Dec. 14 checked out a report of a couple arguing on the side of MacDonough Drive, but found no one.

•  On Dec. 14 began looking into a complaint from a Main Street resident that a landlord was snooping around the property.

•  On Dec. 14 issued a ticket for excessive noise to a Booska Court resident due to barking dogs; it was the third such ticket issued to the homeowner in a two-week span.

•  On Dec. 15 took a truant VUHS student to school.

•  On Dec. 15 handled an accident in which a truck struck a car parked at Goodrich Corp.

•  On Dec. 15 took a report that a car parked at Shaw’s Supermarket had been vandalized.

•  On Dec. 15 ordered a car blocking a Main Street driveway to be towed.

•  On Dec. 16 asked the Counseling Service of Addison County to check the welfare of a possibly suicidal First Street resident; he was found to be fine.

•  On Dec. 16 met with three upset VUHS students in separate incidents.

•  On Dec. 16 pushed, with the help of bystanders, a disabled car out of the intersection of Main and Green streets. Police also ticketed its owner for driving with an expired license and without liability insurance.

•  On Dec. 16 responded to a Main Street apartment along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to help a child who had been hit by a piece of falling furniture.

•  On Dec. 17 cited Danielle Cushing, 31, for domestic assault after allegedly striking her mother with an open hand at a Second Street home; Cushing was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.

•  On Dec. 18 called a tow truck to handle a disabled car on Route 7 south of Vergennes and gave the driver and a passenger a ride to Vergennes. 

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