Vermont State Police Log: County residents involved in Pittsford four-car crash
ADDISON COUNTY — On March 15 at 2:37 p.m. Vermont State Police responded, with members of the Pittsford Fire Department, to a four-car crash on Route 7 North in front of Lothrop School in Pittsford; two Addison County drivers were involved in the incident.
State police report that a 17-year-old Leicester resident was driving a 2007 Hyundai northbound in front of the school when she rear-ended a 2014 Mercedes driven by a 61-year-old man from Southborough, Mass.; the Mercedes was stopped for traffic.
Shortly thereafter, a 72-year-old Pittsford driver, in the middle of a sneeze, rear-ended the Leicester driver’s car, causing it to hit the Mercedes again.
This caused the Mercedes to lunge forward and bang into a fourth car — a 2014 Mitsubishi driven by a 38-year-old Middlebury man.
The damage on all of the vehicles was not significant and everyone was able to drive away from the crash with no injuries. All involved parties were properly restrained with seatbelts.
The crash remains under investigation, and no court action was taken last week.
Also last week, Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks in separate incidents cited four men for driving under the influence. In the incidents, troopers:
• On March 17 at 7:30 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Middlebury. The trooper suspected the driver, identified as 30-year-old Brandon Raymond of Middlebury, was driving under the influence and administered a roadside breath test. The preliminary results showed that Raymond’s blood alcohol content was 0.132; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. The trooper cited Raymond for DUI.
• On March 17 at 11:18 p.m. stopped a vehicle on South Street in New Haven after receiving a “be-on-the-lookout” request (known as a BOL) and observing a traffic violation committed by the vehicle. Troopers detected the odor of intoxicants on the driver, who was identified as 35-year-old Roland Stetson Jr. of Bristol. Officers screened Stetson for DUI, and Stetson refused to take a preliminary breath test. So police took Stetson into custody, transported him to the New Haven barracks for processing, cited him for DUI, third offense, and released him.
• On March 18 at approximately 5:30 a.m. responded to a report of a one-car crash on Kellogg Bay Road in Ferrisburgh. Police report that a 2003 VW Jetta was southbound when the driver lost control of the vehicle, it struck a tree and both the driver- and passenger-side airbags were deployed. The 19-year-old passenger was taken to Porter Hospital for evaluation because he was experiencing hip pain. The driver, identified as 19-year-old Brandon Richards of Addison, was screened roadside for DUI. After he provided a preliminary breath sample and it showed a blood alcohol content of 0.133 percent, the trooper cited Richards for DUI.
• On March 19 at 1:22 a.m. received a BOL alert for a vehicle that was operating erratically. State police located the vehicle on Route 17 in New Haven and stopped it after observing a traffic violation. Police suspected that the driver — identified as 27-year-old Christopher D. Payne of Shoreham — might be impaired and screened him for alcohol ingestion. A preliminary breath test yielded a blood alcohol content of 0.163 percent — twice the legal limit for driving. State police cited Payne for DUI.
In a separate incident, police cited a Panton man after a March 19 police call. At around 3:50 p.m. that day, state police got a report of a citizen dispute at a Route 22A home in Panton. Troopers ended up citing 53-year-old Richard Marszalkowski for violation of an abuse prevention order and for unlawful mischief.
Finally, on Saturday, March 19, in the middle of the night, state police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Woodland Drive in Bristol. Shortly after that police received two 911 calls that led them to an injured man by the side of the road off Notch Road in Lincoln. As police connected these two incidents they ended up arresting the two people who lived at the Woodland Drive apartment: Corrin Laraway, 22, and Justin Stone, 24. On Monday, the two Bristol residents were arraigned in U.S. District Court in Burlington on charges of knowingly and intentionally making their apartment available for use as a place to store and distribute heroin. See the full story on Page 3A.
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