Vermont State Police Log: Car colines with horse in Monkton

ADDISON COUNTY — At approximately 7 p.m. on this past Saturday, Sept. 21, Vermont State Police were called to a horse vs. vehicle collision in the Monkton Boro in Monkton
Driver David Wood, 61, of South Burlington told Trooper Armstrong that he and his wife were headed to a friend’s house when a large, dark-colored horse came running onto the roadway. Wood said that by the time the horse was visible it was too late to avoid the collision.
The horse, a 22-year-old male named “Dan,” had taken himself for a walk down the road after breaking away from his caretaker, who was trying to get him from the pasture to the barn for the evening.
Although bruised, Dan’s owners didn’t expect that any bones were broken in the collision and the horse was able to limp his way home.
Woods’ vehicle, a 2012 Volvo sedan, did sustain moderate damage to the front bumper, hood and driver’s side paneling. No human injuries were reported.
In other recent activity, troopers:
• On Sept. 18 at approximately 10:39 a.m. responded to the report of a family fight that had occurred in Middlebury and Salisbury. After investigating, police cited Bryan E. Jones, 56, of Salisbury for domestic assault.
• Are investigating the theft of copper and stainless steel from a barn on Lake Street in Bridport that occurred sometime during the evening of Sept. 19 and morning of Sept. 20. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
•  On Sept. 20 at 8:52 p.m. responded to a motor vehicle crash on Town Line Road in Addison. Police transported the driver, identified as Mark Dion-Johnson, 18, of Vergennes, to Porter Hospital for evaluation then, after he was released, arrested him, and processed and cited him for DUI.
•  On Sept. 21 at a few minutes past midnight responded to a motor vehicle crash on Slang Road in Panton. Upon arrival the trooper found a 1998 Buick Century partially in the ditch. The driver, identified as 20-year-old Kendra Hier of Panton, told police she lost control of the car on the gravel and went into the ditch. The vehicle appeared to be a total loss.
• On Sept. 21 at 9:05 p.m. looked into a report of an underage drinking party in Bridport. Police said their investigation showed that three underage individuals had consumed alcohol. The trooper cited Tyler J. Berno, 24, of Cornwall for providing alcohol to a minor.
•  On Sept. 22 at 6:35 a.m. responded to report of a one-car crash in Cornwall. Police reported that Nathan Carroll, 20, of Leicester was driving a 2000 VW Jetta northbound on Route 30 when the car traveled off the west side of the road, continued approximately 125 feet and collided with a tree. Carroll told police that the crash had occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m. the previous night, when it was raining very hard and there was water in the road, which caused his car to hydroplane and leave the roadway. He was uninjured, and didn’t have any passengers.
•  On Sept. 22 at 7:45 p.m. responded to a one-car collision on Route 7 between Ferrisburgh village and the Ferrisburgh fire station. Police said Daniel Hawkins was southbound on Route 7 when the 2009 Subaru Impreza he was driving traveled off the roadway and collided with a utility pole. Hawkins, 19, of Ferrisburgh sustained minor injuries and was later released by the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad.
•  On Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. were dispatched to a report that a blue Hyundai Elantra had been in a one-car crash in Bristol on Plank Road between North Street and Burpee Road. The person suspected of being the driver left the scene prior to police arrival and, despite many efforts by law enforcement and family, had not been located as of Monday. This collision is still under active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Armstrong at the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.
•  On Sept. 23 began investigating a burglary on Lower Notch Road in Bristol that had occurred sometime between Sept. 19 and 23. The homeowner reported that four snow tires and a Dewalt jigsaw were taken from the residence. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VSP.

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