Vergennes Police Log: Woman charged with drunk driving, resisting arrest

VERGENNES — Vergennes police early this past Saturday afternoon arrested and issued multiple citations to a Bristol woman they described as “severely intoxicated.”
After receiving a call just after 1 p.m. on March 21, police cited Tracey A. Cook, 37, for driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; and simple assault on a police officer. Police allege that her blood-alcohol content tested at 0.223 and lodged her at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.
As a point of reference, the legal BAC limit for driving is 0.08.
Police were first called to North Green Street by another woman who reported she was arguing about driving with a woman, who proved to be Cook. The witness reported Cook had driven, police said, although they found her in the passenger’s seat.
Police said she at first refused to get out of the car, and when she did she resisted arrest and kicked and tried to trip an officer.
In other incidents between March 16 and 22, Vergennes police:
•  At a March 16 motor vehicle stop on Sand Road issued court-diversion paperwork to an 18-year-old Vergennes resident for possession of 2.5 grams of marijuana and also ticketed him for possession of drug paraphernalia.
•  On March 17 checked out a report of a disabled tractor-trailer truck on Main Street, but found nothing.
•  On March 19 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the area.
•  On March 19 took a Vergennes Union High School student experiencing emotional distress to the Counseling Service of Addison County for help.
•  On March 19 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Hillside Drive.
•  On March 19 responded to a two-car accident at the intersection of Main and South Water streets. Police said one operator was taken to Porter Hospital complaining of soreness and a headache, while the other operator, in a dark four-door sedan, left the scene.
•  On March 20 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Green Street.
•  On March 21 cited Craig Link, 54, of Panton for DUI-refusal after finding him sitting in his car behind Bub’s Barn on New Haven Road; police said Link has two prior DUI convictions.
•  On March 21 checked out a report of a parking problem on King Street that was resolved by the time they arrived.
•  On March 21 helped Vermont State Police at a family fight at a Shellhouse Mountain Road home in Ferrisburgh; city police said they handcuffed a suspect walking on the road near the scene and handed him over to VSP (see the Vermont State Police Log in this edition for further details). 

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