Vermont State Police Log: Salisbury traffic stop yields two DUI charges
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police issued citations for driving under the influence of alcohol to two people at the same traffic stop in Salisbury this past Saturday night.
On Saturday, July 18, at around 11 p.m. Trooper Eden Neary stopped a motor vehicle driven by Jessica B. Turner, 63, after seeing the vehicle failing to drive to the right on Rogers Road in Salisbury. The trooper screened the Weston resident for DUI after observing signs of impairment.
While Trooper Neary was screening Turner for DUI, 68-year-old Jonathan S. Bartlett of Groton, Conn., approached Neary and said Turner was a relative. The trooper noted that Bartlett had been driving the vehicle that was in front of Turner’s car when he stopped it.
Neary detected intoxicants on Bartlett’s breath while speaking to him and screened him for DUI. Bartlett provided a preliminary breath sample that showed a blood alcohol content of 0.124 percent; the legal limit for driving in Vermont is 0.08.
Trooper Neary took both Turner and Bartlett into custody, took them to the New Haven state police barracks for processing and cited both for DUI. Both Turner and Bartlett are due to answer their charges in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Aug. 3.
In an unrelated DUI incident. Trooper Paul Badger went to a one-vehicle crash on Meehan Road in Bristol on Friday, July 17, at 10:02 p.m. and determined the driver of the crashed car was impaired. Trooper Badger reported that a roadside breath test for 32-year-old Thomas V. Greiner of Richmond showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.194 percent. Badger cited Greiner for DUI; his court date is also Aug. 3.
State police also tagged a Leicester man for DUI in the past week. On Monday, July 20, state police received a 911 report of a car being driven erratically and almost hitting another vehicle head-on. At approximately 5:25 p.m. a trooper observed the vehicle being driven by 31-year-old Jason Munger of Leicester on North Grove Street in Rutland Town.
The trooper reported that he attempted to catch up to Munger’s vehicle, but Munger accelerated and passed another vehicle. Trooper Jeffrey Stephenson reported that Munger also failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Pinnacle Ridge Road and Route 7, and he actively attempted to avoid law enforcement.
Troopers were able to catch up to Munger’s vehicle and pull him over on Route 7 near the Williams Farm Stand in Rutland Town.
Munger provided a preliminary breath sample resulting in a blood-alcohol content of 0.143 percent. Munger was processed and cited for DUI. He is due to answer that charge, as well as charges of driving with a criminally suspended license and negligent driving, in Rutland Superior Court, criminal division, on Aug. 10.
In other recent activity, state police:
• On July 18 at approximately 8:21 a.m. stopped a 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX driven by Ashley M. Lackard, 24, of Bridport on Route 7 in Charlotte near Lime Kiln Road for speeding. VSP Cpl. Andrew Leise reported that Lackard was driving 95 mph in a posted 50 mph zone. The trooper also pointed out that collisions resulting in serious bodily injury and even fatalities have occurred on Route 7 in Charlotte in the past. He cited Lackard for negligent driving; her car was towed from the scene.
• On July 21 at approximately at 3 a.m. responded to 151 Arch St. in Pittsford to follow up on an incident that occurred earlier in the evening of July 20. During this follow-up investigation, troopers came into contact with Daniel Severy, 21, of Brandon. Police said their investigation showed that Severy had furnished alcohol and allowed consumption of alcohol by an 18-year-old female who was present. Police cited Severy for enabling consumption of alcohol by a minor.
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