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Vergennes Police Log: Apparent fight ends with broken leg

VERGENNES – City police on Dec. 21 responded to a First Street noise complaint and ended up discovering the aftermath of what they believe was a fight between a man and a woman. Vergennes Police said the two were “heavily intoxicated,” and during the fight the man apparently suffered a broken bone.
Police found the couple lying on the porch of a First Street residence and said several nearby items were knocked over. Neither the man or the woman were willing to make statements about what occurred, police said, and no charges were filed.
However, the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad had to take the man to Porter Hospital for treatment of a broken leg, and police took the woman involved to the Act 1 detoxification facility in Burlington to sober up.
In other action between Dec. 17 and 23, Vergennes police:
On Dec. 17, helped motorists get into locked cars on Thomas Circle and Monkton Road.
On Dec. 19, issued a ticket for tobacco use at Vergennes Union High School.
On Dec. 19, checked the welfare of a Mountain View Lane couple, who were found to be fine.
On Dec. 19, were told by a Hillside Acres apartment resident that he had pursued a suspicious man wearing a black hoodie who was lurking in the complex parking lot into nearby bushes, and that the man struck him. Police could not find the man wearing the hoodie.
On Dec. 19, checked out a suspicious car in the Eagles Club parking lot and found no problem.
On Dec. 20, tried to find a woman at a Main Street residence on behalf of South Burlington police.
On Dec. 20, were told by Northlands Job Corps personnel they could not locate a student who had left the center. Police spoke to a friend of the student and learned he was OK.
On Dec. 20, checked the welfare of a Northlands student who had threatened suicide; the student said he was OK and did not intend to harm himself.
On Dec. 20, were told by a Champlain Farms employee that a man had stolen $50 and other items and had left without paying for gas; police will use store video to investigate.
On Dec. 21, checked the welfare of a Green Street resident who had not showed up for work; police found her at home, and she was OK.
On Dec. 21, checked out a driver of a car reported as driving suspiciously in the South Maple Street/Ice House Court area and discovered the driver was a surveyor working in the neighborhood.
On Dec. 21, helped a man get into his locked car in a Panton Road parking lot.
On Dec. 21, sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to New Haven to help Vermont State Police determine if a motorist was safe to drive. The Vergennes DRE decided the motorist was not impaired.
On Dec. 22, while on a special drunk-driving patrol for the Governor’s Highway Safety Council cited James Slater, 29, of Salt Lake City, Utah, for driving under the influence of alcohol; police allege his blood-alcohol contest tested at 0.81, just over the legal limit of 0.80.
On Dec. 23, while on Route 22A in Panton and making a U-turn, clocked a car going 95 mph. Police could not catch the car before it turned down a side road and escaped.
On Dec. 23, asked the owners of several cars parked illegally near St. Peter’s Catholic Church to move their vehicles.
On Dec. 23, served a relief-from-abuse order on a man after a Main Street woman came to the station to report a family fight.
On Dec. 23, began an investigation of a reported violation of a relief-from-abuse order committed by a Main Street resident.

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