Vermont State Police Log: Teen distracted by food crashes truck

ADDISON COUNTY — On Monday, June 23, at 4:09 p.m. Vermont State Police responded, with Ferrisburgh EMS, to a report of one-vehicle crash on Fuller Mountain Road in Ferrisburgh. Police reported that the 16-year-old Ferrisburgh youth driving a Toyota Tundra was eating and not paying attention to the road when he lost control of the pickup on the gravel road, and the truck ran off the road, flipped and struck a tree.
Ferrisburgh EMS assessed the driver, who had been wearing a seat belt, at the scene and transported him to Porter Hospital in Middlebury for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.
Police said speed was also a factor in the crash.
The Tundra sustained damage to the front end, back end, doors and windshield; police considered it a total loss.
In other action between June 17 and June 23, troopers:
•  On June 17 at 7 p.m. cited James Bishop of Salisbury for driving with a criminally suspended license on Route 7 in New Haven. Bishop was processed at the state police barracks in New Haven, he was then released on a citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on July 28 to answer to the charge.
•  On June 17 at 7:15 a.m. responded to a one-vehicle crash on Mountain Road in Bridport that resulted in Gerard J. Brouillard, 75, of Bridport being transported to Porter Medical Center with a possible head injury. Police say Brouillard went off the road and struck a tree, and that neither alcohol nor speed were factors in the crash. The 1998 Ford Ranger that he was driving sustained heavy front-end damage.
•  On June 19 stopped a car driven by Christopher DeBaise, 49, of Starksboro for a traffic infraction, and upon further investigation arrested DeBaise for driving under the influence, second offense.  DeBaise was subsequently released on a citation.
•  On June 20 at 6:25 a.m. responded to a two-car crash on Lincoln Road in Starksboro involving Susan L. Kuehnl, 68, of  Starksboro and Debra M. Heleba, 47, of South Lincoln, who both sustained minor injuries but were not transported to hospital. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. Police ticketed Kuehnl, citing failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign as the cause of collision.
•  On June 21 at 12:13 a.m. arrested Eduardo C. Rojas, 21, of Ferrisburgh after failing to stop for police for allegedly speeding. Rojas was taken into custody for several violations. Rojas was subsequently released after being cited for speeding, careless and negligent driving and attempting to elude a police officer.
•  On June 21 at 9:07 p.m. responded to a residence on Forge Hill Lane in Lincoln for a reported family fight. Police allege that Matthew Falco, 34, had physically assaulted another person at the home. They took Falco into custody, transported him to the New Haven barracks cited him for domestic assault and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility.
•  On June 21 at 9 a.m. investigated the theft of a black Apple iPad from an unlocked Chevy Silverado that was parked at the Leicester Central School. The owner, who was inside the school working at the time of the theft, reported the incident a day after it occurred. The estimated value of the iPad is $450. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Andrew Leise at the New Haven barracks at 388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

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