Vermont State Police Log: Police look into suspicious activity

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Tuesday morning, April 19, were seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of red Jeep who allegedly tried to persuade two young girls to get in his vehicle near the intersection of Vincent Drive and Lower Notch Road in Bristol on Sunday, April 17. But by the end of the day troopers had closed the case.
Police said it was at around noon that an 11-year-old girl and her friend noticed the red Jeep with a black top and no doors drive by with several passengers. The Jeep turned into Carterville, and shortly thereafter left Carterville with no passengers, according to state police.
The vehicle pulled up to the girls and the male driver began to talk to them and attempted to persuade them to get into the vehicle, police said. The two children immediately ran away and the vehicle left the area, according to authorities.
State police put out a call for anyone with information about the owner/operator or passengers of that red Jeep to contact them.
At a little before 8 p.m. on Tuesday police issued a press release thanking the public for their assistance with this incident. “After a thorough investigation the driver of the vehicle has been identified and it has been determined that no criminal act occurred,” the press release said. “This case is considered closed.”
In other recent activity, state police:
• On April 9 at 12:50 p.m. responded to Main Street home in New Haven for a report of an intoxicated woman with a knife. Troopers entered the residence and found the woman, identified as 27-year-old Jaine Perotti, passed out. Police put Perotti in protective custody and the Bristol Rescue Squad transported her to Porter Hospital for evaluation. Police said she had violated court ordered conditions of release by possessing and consuming alcohol, and they cited her for that violation.
State police returned to the Main Street home on April 14 at 7:25 p.m. to check on Perotti’s welfare. After speaking with Perotti, police determined she had been consuming alcohol, which is a violation of her court order conditions. The trooper arrested Perotti, cited her for violating court ordered conditions, and lodged her at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.
• Cited an Orwell man twice last week in separate abuse cases. First, on April 12 at 11 p.m., troopers were contacted regarding a relief from abuse order violation. After a short investigation police determined Steven K. Anderson, 22, had violated the order. Police arrested Anderson, transported him to the New Haven barracks, and cited him to answer the charge of violating a relief from abuse order in Addison Superior Court, criminal division.
Then, on April 16 at 8 p.m., were called to the same Orwell address regarding another violation of the order. The troopers again investigated, took Anderson to the barracks and cited him this time for violating a relief from abuse order and also for violation conditions of release.
• On April 13 at approximately 7:20 a.m. responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 116 South in Bristol. Police said the driver, identified as 57-year-old William Gibbs of Georgia, Vt., was driving southbound on Route 116 at approximately 40-45 mph, felt something wrong with his steering as he went through a curve, and travelled off the road – flipping his 2004 GMC truck in the process. It was later found that one of Gibbs’ front tie rods had snapped. Gibbs, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained no injuries and his vehicle sustained moderate damage. State police do not believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.
• On April 13 at approximately 7 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Middlebury, and ended up citing the driver, identified as 22-year-old Alexander T. Dupoise, 22, of New Haven, for driving under the influence of drugs.
• On April 14 at 36 minutes past midnight stopped a motor vehicle police were alerted that an intoxicated man was leaving a business on West Street in Bristol. State police stopped the vehicle before the driver, Taylor R. Huckaby, 22, of Tyler, Texas, was able to leave. A preliminary breath test showed that Huckaby’s blood alcohol content was 0.157 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. Police cited Huckaby for DUI.
• On April 14 at a few minutes before 9 p.m. responded to Route 53 in Salisbury for a report of a vehicle off the road in a culvert. Police suspected that the driver, who identified himself as Charles J. Liberty, 70, of Salisbury, had consumed alcohol during the course of the evening. A preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.151 percent. Police cited Liberty for DUI.
• On April 15 at 9:19 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 116 in Bristol for a traffic infraction. Police tested the driver, identified as 24-year-old Clayton Allen of Bristol, and a preliminary sample of his breath showed a blood alcohol content of 0.084 percent. Police cited Allen for DUI, second offense.
• On April 17 at 6:25 a.m. responded to a report of a one-car crash on Route 22A in Orwell. State police report that the 18-year-old driver of the vehicle had fallen asleep and drove off of the road into a river. While the car sustained massive damage, the driver was uninjured.
• On April 17 at 10:43 a.m. responded with the Stockbridge Fire Department and White River Valley Ambulance to a one-car crash on Route 100 in Stockbridge. By the time police got there, the driver had left on foot. Police found the driver, 25-year-old Sean Hurd of Brandon, on Route 100 in Rochester. Police said their investigation showed that Hurd was attempting to pass a vehicle on a curve when he lost control of the 2004 Ford Explorer he was driving and went down an embankment. Hurd was not hurt, but the Explorer was judged to be a total loss. Police cited Hurd for negligent driving.

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