Vergennes Police Log: Driver and passenger switch places after police pull over truck

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Oct. 13 cited a pair of Chittenden County residents following a 1:45 a.m. traffic stop in which police allege a passenger and a driver switched seats before police approached the vehicle. Police said they stopped the vehicle, a pick-up truck, after the department’s license-plate reader alerted them of a possible problem with its registration.
Cited were Lisa Hughes, 23, of Burlington for providing false information to a police officer, and Michael W. Young, 31, of Milton for driving with a criminally suspended license. Police said additional charges for driving under the influence of drugs are possible for Young because they allege that Hughes told police the two had injected drugs before they got into the car. Police said they found used needles and other paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Police said they saw movement in the truck’s cab and found Hughes — who they said has a civilly suspended license — behind the steering wheel and Young sprawled on the front seat without a seat belt.
Initially, police processed Hughes for impaired driving, but they said eventually two passengers in the vehicle told them Hughes and Young had switched places after police pulled the truck over. Police said further charges remain possible.
In other incidents between Oct. 8 and 14, Vergennes police:
•  On Oct. 8 were told pain pills had been stolen from a Hillside Acres apartment.
•  On Oct. 8 went to Vergennes Union High School and spoke to drivers who were either driving too fast through the pick-up area or weren’t wearing seat belts.
•  On Oct. 8 dealt with a barking dog complaint on Mountain View Lane.
•  On Oct. 8 cited Caitlin Hurteau, 21, of Middlebury for possession of marijuana after allegedly finding 3.4 grams of the drug and a pot pipe in her car when it was stopped in the Ferrisburgh commuter lot off Route 22A.
•  On Oct. 9 accepted drug paraphernalia that a Ferrisburgh parent had taken from a son.
•  On Oct. 9 sent the department drug recognition expert (DRE) to a Vermont State Police traffic stop on Plank Road in New Haven, where the DRE determined the operator showed signs of impairment; VSP processed the driver for driving under the influence of drugs.
•  On Oct. 9 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Green Street.
•  On Oct. 10 and 11 helped VUHS officials with students with academic and behavioral issues.
•  On Oct. 10 began looking into damage to a stone bench in the VUHS lobby.
•  On Oct. 10 accepted pain medications at the station for destruction.
•  On Oct. 10 twice went to a Hillside Acres apartment on behalf of the Department of Children and Families, once because a man not supposed to be there was on the scene, and later to make sure all was OK.
•  On Oct. 10 helped find a resident of the senior housing complex on Armory Lane after hearing a report that water was running out from under his door. It was learned he was fine, but had left water running from a faucet when he left the apartment. The man returned and shut it off.
•  On Oct. 11 checked a report of a tractor-trailer truck being driven erratically on Meigs Road; it was gone when police arrived.
•  On Oct. 11 responded to a report of duck decoys being stolen from a West Main Street home and learned they had been lent out, but were late being returned; police told the complainant it was a civil matter.
•  On Oct. 11 sent the department DRE to help Bristol police at a traffic stop; police said after he determined the operator was possibly impaired Bristol police found about 144 grams of marijuana in six bags, plus paraphernalia.
•  On Oct. 11 responded on behalf of VSP to a one-car accident on Middlebrook Road in Waltham and cited T.J. Simpson, 17, of Ferrisburgh for texting while driving, and driving without a license or registration and with plates not assigned to a vehicle. City police said VSP might file additional charges.
•  On Oct. 12 drove a man home to Addison that they found sleeping under the City Limits tavern porch.
•  On Oct. 12 responded to a report of an ongoing bullying issue on a school bus. Police said they met with five students on Monday morning regarding this issue.
•  On Oct. 12 conducted along with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department intensive special safety patrols on Route 22A in Panton and Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
•  On Oct. 12 accepted a report of a minor two-car accident in a Monkton Road parking lot.
•  On Oct. 12 responded to a report of a disturbance at a Walker Avenue apartment and while calming the noise made by five occupants also cited one of them, Luke Vera, 20, of Vergennes, for possession of marijuana.
•  On Oct. 13 sent the department DRE to the scene of a Bristol accident with injuries.
•  On Oct. 13 were told by a West Main Street resident that she found her front door open, but was not sure at that point if anything was missing.
•  On Oct. 14 calmed a verbal dispute between a Thomas Circle couple.
•  On Oct. 14 checked the welfare of a Green Street woman, who was found to be OK. 

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