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Vermont State Police Log: Man clocked speeding, forced officer into breakdown lane

ADDISON COUNTY — On Friday, Oct. 24, at approximately 8:45 p.m. Vermont State Police Trooper Matthew Daley was conducting a moving radar surveillance on Route 7, just south of the intersection of Route 17, in New Haven when he clocked a vehicle traveling south at 84 mph in a 50 mph zone. The trooper said the southbound car, driven by 22-year-old Brian Rademacher of Pittsford, was passing three vehicles and traveling solely in the northbound lane, which forced Daley to drive his cruiser into the breakdown lane to avoid a head-on collision.
The trooper stopped Rademacher’s car and cited him for speeding and for careless and negligent driving.
In other recent activity, troopers:
•  On Oct. 22 were called to investigate a suspicious fire in Ripton. At around 5 a.m. that morning the Ripton Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Maiden Lane. Upon their arrival firefighters found the truck was fully involved with fire. The firefighters were able to limit the damage to the truck and prevented the blaze from extending to the adjacent house. Damages were estimated at $5,000. There were no injuries. Detectives from the State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded to the scene and are looking into the cause of the fire. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the state police at 802-878-7111 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32- ARSON.
•  On Oct. 24 at approximately 4:16 p.m. rushed to a two-vehicle collision involving two 17-year-old drivers on Route 116 South in Bristol. The driver of Jeep Cherokee told the trooper that he was following a Chevy Cavalier when the Cavalier in front of him slammed on the brakes and he was unable to come to a complete stop before he rear-ended the vehicle. The driver of the Cavalier told the trooper that she was able to decrease her speed before she came to a complete stop and then was rear-ended by the Cherokee. It was raining lightly and the road was wet, police report. No injuries were sustained and vehicle damage was minor. State police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.
•  On Oct. 25 at approximately 1:12 a.m. went to a one-car crash at the intersection of Route 116 and River Road in Bristol. Police tested the sobriety of the driver, identified as 28-year-old Andrew J. Smith of Richmond, and found that his roadside blood alcohol content was 0.233 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. The trooper cited Smith for driving under the influence of alcohol.
•  On Oct. 25 at approximately 3:10 a.m. were called to a single-vehicle crash on North Street in New Haven. The trooper determined that a Chevy truck driven by a 17-year-old Bristol youth was traveling south on North Street at a high rate of speed when he was unable to negotiate a sharp curve in the road. The vehicle left the roadway and flipped, ejecting the driver and his 17-year-old passenger — neither of whom were wearing seat belts. Both young men were transported to Porter Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The trooper said it did not appear alcohol was a factor in this crash; the weather was cold and wet.
•  On Oct. 25 at 9:10 p.m. responded to a two-car accident on a rain-soaked Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Police reported that Brandon Curtis, 21, of Hinesburg was driving a Ford truck pulling a trailer southbound on Route 7 when he stopped and started backing the truck and trailer across the northbound lane and into a driveway on the east side of the road. A northbound PT Cruiser driven by 22-year-old Samuel Hartley of Ferrisburgh swerved to avoid striking Curtis’s truck head on, and instead struck the trailer. Neither driver was injured; Curtis’s truck sustained minor damage and Hartley’s PT Cruiser was a total loss. The trooper issued Curtis a ticket for unsafe backing.
•  On Oct. 26 at 10:56 p.m. issued a speeding ticket to Lars Gange, 37, of Bolton Valley for traveling at 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit on Route 22A in Orwell.
•  On Oct. 27 at 1:15 a.m. received a report of the burglary of a Sand Road home in Ferrisburgh that had taken place in the previous 45 minutes. Items reported taken from the residence include electronics. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
•  On Oct. 27 at 2:06 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by April L. Parent, 47, of Starksboro on Hinesburg Hollow Road in Huntington and cited Parent for driving with a criminally suspended license.
•  On Oct. 27, in conjunction with several other law enforcement agencies, monitored a natural gas pipeline protest in Montpelier. After protesters of the pipeline, sited to go through Addison County, occupied the lobby of the governor’s office on the fifth floor of the Pavilion Building, authorities notified protesters that they needed to leave the premises. Eventually, law enforcement officers escorted 64 protesters from the building and issued each citations for misdemeanor trespassing. Arrests proceeded without incident. Five of those arrested were identified as being from Addison County: Lesley Wright, 25, of Leicester; Bethany Menkart, 60, of Cornwall; Gerald Zickler, 76, of Vergennes; Stephen Yardley, 64, of Addison; and Tasselie Mckay, 36, of Granville.

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