Vergennes Police Log: Game warden call ends in citations

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Saturday night issued a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol after responding to a call for aid from a Vermont game warden.
City police said they first got a call from the dispatcher that the warden had stopped a car on Basin Harbor Road in Panton. When the warden did not respond to police calls to ask what the issue was, they went to the scene and discovered the warden had stopped a car driven by Philip Myers, 24, of Shelburne.
After a brief investigation, police said Myers was cited for DUI, third offense, and a criminal charge of driving with a suspended license. Police said his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.270 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.
In other incidents between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26, Vergennes police:
•  On Aug. 20 ticketed the operator of a truck headed to the Champlain Valley Fair for not having a commercial license, an action taken after her truck’s trailer hitch broke on Main Street and her trailer went off the road, hit a tree, and nearly hit the Long Trail Physical Therapy building.
•  On Aug. 20 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the Vergennes area.
•  On Aug. 20 destroyed a syringe found by a public works employee near the intersection of West Main Street and Panton Road.
•  On Aug. 20 cited former Northlands Job Corps student Ian Donovan, 18, of Altona, N.Y., for disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief. Police said Donovan was upset when he was terminated from the Job Corps program and became involved in an altercation with Northlands security and damaged center property.
•  On Aug. 20 calmed a family dispute on Meigs Road.
•  On Aug. 21 calmed a family dispute at a Country Commons condominium.
•  On Aug. 21 helped Vermont State Police at a traffic stop on River Road in New Haven.
•  On Aug. 21 ticketed a “wide load” truck for failing to stop at the Monkton Road traffic light; police said the vehicle also soon afterward got into an accident on Route 7.
•  On Aug. 21 tracked down a John Graham Shelter resident who had left a suicide note and determined he was not suicidal, and took him back to the shelter.
•  On Aug. 21 were told a radial arm saw had been taken from a South Water Street porch.
•  On Aug. 21 ticketed the driver of a car for possession of drug paraphernalia; police stopped the car on Main Street on behalf of VSP, who also cited the operator for marijuana possession.
•  On Aug. 21 disabled a car alarm behind a Main Street apartment building following a noise complaint.
•  On Aug. 21 found a man at a Hillside Drive apartment who had texted a relative that he had a gun and was suicidal; police determined he was OK.
•  On Aug. 22 ticketed a man who was stuck in a Mechanic Street ditch for driving with a suspended license.
•  On Aug. 22 calmed a family fight on Union Street.
•  On Aug. 22 contacted a resident said to be suicidal; he and family members said he was OK.
•  On Aug. 22 heard from a witness that two of a group of four youths walking on Hillside Drive had taken bicycles from a yard. Police spoke to two of the youths, who denied any wrongdoing; police said the bikes were returned by Northlands officials.
•  On Aug. 23 handled a minor two-car accident on West Street.
•  On Aug. 23 began looking into the theft of folding chairs, which they said were taken by someone who drove a pickup into the St. Peter’s Church parking lot.
•  On Aug. 23 handled a minor two-car accident at the intersection of Main and South Maple streets.
•  On Aug. 23 were told two iPods were stolen from a Northlands dorm room.
•  On Aug. 23 helped VSP with a DUI case at the intersection of Jersey Street and Basin Harbor Road in Panton.
•  On Aug. 24 checked out the Union Street area after multiple car alarms sounded, but found nothing.
•  On Aug. 24 were told a planter and three ceramic frogs had been taken from a School Street porch.
•  On Aug. 24 heard from John Graham Shelter officials that a couple was acting disorderly; police stood by while they removed belongings and left.
•  On Aug. 25 took a false report that a woman had left kids at home while drinking at a bar.
•  On Aug. 25 supported the Vergennes Day road race.
•  On Aug. 25 called the animal control officer to pick up a loose dog in Booska Court.
•  On Aug. 25 told partiers on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh to turn down loud music following a complaint.
•  On Aug. 26 calmed a fighting couple at a Main Street apartment building. 

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