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Vermont State Police Log: Cops cite two men for DLS

ADDISON COUNTY — A few minutes before 10 a.m. on Dec. 16, Vermont State Police Trooper Justin Busby observed that the registration sticker was missing from the plates of a vehicle that had just driven up to the gas pumps at the Shoreham Service Center. The trooper questioned the driver, identified as 28-year-old Patrick Ryan of Richmond, about the registration sticker and determined that Patrick Ryan’s driver’s license was under criminal suspension for a prior driving under the influence conviction.
During the investigation a colleague of Ryan’s, 23-year-old Ryan Lowe of Jeffersonville, drove up to the adjacent gas pump and started a conversation with Patrick Ryan and his passengers. Trooper Busby asked Lowe to produce his driver’s license to determine if he was valid to provide transport for his fellow employees — the passengers in Patrick Ryan’s vehicle — to a local job site. Lowe could not produce any form of identification and Busby said he was very vague in answering simple questions.
A search of the state database showed that Lowe’s driver’s license was also under criminal suspension for previous alcohol violations. So Trooper Busby arrested both Patrick Ryan and Ryan Lowe, seized their vehicles’ registration plates and had the vehicles towed. Both drivers were transported to the New Haven state police barracks, where they were cited for driving with criminally suspended licenses and released.
Separately, state police rushed to a very bad car crash on Route 30 in Whiting this past Sunday night. Police reported that at around 11:40 p.m. they responded to a two-vehicle collision with possible injuries. Upon arrival troopers learned that there was only one vehicle involved in the collision, a 2001 Kia Rio; however, after colliding with a tree, the Kia was split in half.
Troopers said the driver of the car, 24-year-old Todd M. Brigham of Middlebury, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He sustained  severe injuries, including a possible fractured neck, and was transported to Porter Hospital.
The weather was described as fair and the road as dry. This case is under investigation and police said criminal charges are pending the results of a blood test.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:
•  On Dec. 15 were called to investigate a burglary in Shoreham. The complainants said someone broke into the Farm To Fridge Company on Shoreham Depot Road that Monday between 1 and 4:30 p.m. It did not appear anything was missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword: VTIPS.
•  While conducting a patrol on Plank Road in Bristol on Dec. 15 at 10:10 p.m. observed a vehicle off the roadway. Police alleged that the driver, identified as 18-year-old Daryn T. Barsalou off Ferrisburgh, was operating the motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and in possession of a controlled substance. The trooper took Barsalou into custody and transported him to the Rutland VSP barracks, where he was released after being cited for DUI-refusal and possession of a controlled substance.
•  On Dec. 17 at approximately 1:45 a.m. responded to a 911 hang-up in Granville. Upon their arrival, state police conducted an investigation and determined that Wayne Zura, 60, of Granville had an altercation with a woman in the household. Police allege that during the altercation Zura pushed the woman and she fell and hit her forehead on a chair. The victim had a swollen bruise and laceration on her forehead. Police took Zura into custody and cited him for domestic assault.
•  On Dec. 19 stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Salisbury for failing to display a front registration plate and failing to have a valid inspection sticker. Police cited the driver, 40-year-old Michael T. Chicoine of Shoreham, for a criminal count of driving with a suspended license.
•  Looked into a report of a burglary at a Bristol home on Dec. 19. The occupant of a unit at the Woodland Drive Apartments told police that someone had broken down the front door into his home while he was away and stolen a newer 55-inch, black Sony TV. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact state police, specifically Trooper Armstrong, at 388-4919.

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