Vermont State Police Log: Load of crushed cars overturns on rainy 22A
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police made two trips to an Orwell residence during the first week of August in relation to an alleged assault.
Troopers went to Main Street in Orwell on Aug. 5 on a report of a possible assault. After a brief investigation, troopers arrested Justin B. LaFave, 29, of Orwell, cited him for domestic assault, and lodged him at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility where he was lodged for lack of $5,000 bail.
The following day, Aug. 6, troopers again went to the Main Street Orwell residence, where they apprehended LaFave, cited him for violation of conditions and lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:
• On Aug. 3 at approximately 9:57 p.m., responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in Mendon. Troopers ended up citing Lynn Campeau, 37, of Salisbury for burglary at a home on Wheelerville Road. Police said that Campeau had convinced a friend to provide her with a ride to Wheelerville Road under the belief they were taking Campeau to her parents’ camp to pick up personal property. The camp did not belong to Campeau. When this information was discovered, the other person involved provided troopers with information regarding the incident. Campeau was lodged for lack of $5,000 bail.
• On Aug. 5 at approximately 1:31 a.m., stopped Matthew Ravey, 20, of Colchester on Route 7 in New Haven for speeding. Police cited Ravey for driving under the influence of alcohol.
• On Aug. 5 at approximately 6:30 a.m., responded to a five-vehicle collision that occurred on Route 125 in Ripton near the Middlebury College Bread Loaf Campus. Investigation suggests 22-year-old Jenna Cloutier of New Haven was driving a 2001 Dodge Stratus eastbound and was distracted while attempting to take a left hand turn onto College Cross Road. While navigating the turn, police said Cloutier’s vehicle hit head-on a westbound 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Thomas Blair, 45, of Rochester. Blair advised that he attempted to avoid the collision, and in doing so sideswiped a row of parked vehicles, damaging three of them. One of the parked cars sustained a broken taillight and slight bumper damage, one sustained moderate rear-end damage, and one is estimated to be totaled. Cloutier was transported to Porter Hospital by Middlebury EMS for a suspected broken leg.
Both Cloutier’s Stratus and Blair’s Ram were totaled.
Neither impairment nor speed are being considered as factors in this continuing investigation.
• On Aug. 6 at approximately 8:30 p.m., responded to 332 Lapham Bay Road in the town of Shoreham, where Christopher T. Lloyd, 26, of Shoreham had crashed his 2014 Dodge Ram truck. Police said Lloyd was westbound on Lapham Bay Road, lost control, struck a mailbox, crossed over the centerline, and traveled off the roadway and into a culvert. Lloyd did not sustain any injuries, however the vehicle is estimated to be totaled. Lloyd had not been wearing his seat belt.
While on scene at the Lapham Bay Road crash, state police were approached at around 10 p.m. by a motor vehicle driven by Mary G. Glidden, 70, of Benson. Police cited Glidden for driving under the influence of alcohol.
• Received notice that two juvenile females had gone missing on Aug. 6. Both juveniles, age 14 and 16, had been camping with a program called True North in the national forest in Granville. They were last seen at 10 p.m., but when counselors checked the next morning they were missing. The 16-year-old had run away from the program in June, but was found a short time later. All indications are that they willingly ran away. Police reported that the younger juvenile had been located safe in Boston around 9 p.m. the next day, and the other juvenile was seen, but left the area before Boston police could take her into custody.
• On Aug. 8 at approximately 4 p.m. took Andrew Carter, 42, of Bristol into custody and cited him for sexual exploitation of a vulnerable adult after adult protective services reported to state police that he had been having sexual contact with a person of diminished mental capacity. Carter pleaded innocent to the charge in court on Aug. 11.
• On Aug. 8 at approximately 8:40 p.m., responded to a vehicle off the road on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Police suspected that driver Jessica Hoag, 22, of New Haven was driving under the influence. Hoag performed standardized sobriety tests at roadside and was eventually cited for DUI.
• On Aug. 9 at approximately 1:01 a.m., stopped a motor vehicle driven by Jacob Griffin, 38, of Bristol on Lower Hardscrabble Road in Bristol for defective equipment. Police cited Griffin for DUI and driving with a criminally suspended license.
• On Aug. 9 at approximately 10:47 a.m., investigated a petit larceny incident at Branbury State Park in Salisbury. Unknown individual(s) entered a vehicle and stole a purse and pocketbook containing $17 in cash, checks, and a debit card. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP in New Haven at 802-388-4919. State police encourage citizens not to leave their purses or wallets in plain view inside their vehicles.
• On Aug. 11 at 10:30 p.m., received a report of a burglary of a residence located on Boro Hill Road in Monkton. Items taken from the residence include housing fixtures. It is estimated that the burglary occurred between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Aug. 11. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at 388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
• On Aug. 12 at 2:46 p.m. were called to a two-vehicle collision on Route 7 near the Ferrisburgh fire station. Police report that Patrick A. Torrey, 49, of Shoreham was driving a GMC truck southbound on Route 7 when he lost control of the truck, crossed the centerline, and collided on the east shoulder with a northbound GMC truck driven by Johnny M. Sherlock, 44, of North Augusta, S.C. Police said they initially were told that Torrey fell asleep, and the incident is still under investigation.
Both drivers were treated by the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad for bumps and bruises, and Torrey also suffered a minor cut on his head. Both trucks were totaled. The Ferrisburgh Fire Department assisted at the scene.
• On Aug. 13 began investigating a case of unlawful mischief at the Hunt Farm Road Apartment Complex in Bristol, where someone slashed a tire on the victim’s Chevy Cavalier. The approximate replacement cost of the tire is $70. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
• On Aug. 13 at 10:51 a.m. responded to a report that a 10-gallon bucket of nails had spilled from a vehicle onto Route 7 in New Haven south of New Haven Junction. Police found that the nails had spilled in the southbound passing lane and were strewn across both northbound and southbound lanes of travel. Troopers put out flares to alert drivers and got help from the Agency of Transportation to clean up the thousands of nails that were spilled.
• On Aug. 13 at 10:53 a.m. were called to a tractor-trailer crash on Route 22A north of Audet’s Curve in Bridport. Police said Randy A. Bennett, 48, of Johnson was driving a 2014 Kenworth 900L loaded with 96,000 pounds of crushed cars southbound on Route 22A in heavy rain. A trooper reported that Bennett lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the west side of the road, where truck and trailer overturned. There were no injuries. Police said neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors. Department of Motor Vehicle officials assisted VSP with the investigation, which is active.
• On Aug. 13 at 12:45 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 at the intersection with River Road in New Haven during a heavy rain. Police said that a 2014 Chevy Cruze driven by Bradley Arnold, 24, of South Royalton lost traction on the wet road and traveled into the side of a 2005 Ford van driven by 47-year-old Timothy Ryan of Salisbury. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and no injuries were reported.
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