Vermont State Police Log: Drivers cited in separate high-speed chases

ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — Vermont State Police reported two separate incidents last week in which they tried to pull over a driver but ended up chasing them.
In the first case, a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Rutland resident Bethany Ann Cabiya for unsafe driving on Lemon Fair Road in Cornwall on May 5 at 9:40 a.m. After a short pursuit, Cabiya was stopped in a private driveway.
State police cited her for attempting to elude a police officer, negligent driving, possession of a controlled substance and violation of conditions of release.
Police also seized her car for further investigation.
Separately, on May 6 at 12:47 a.m., a trooper attempted to stop a motor vehicle in Brandon. The vehicle failed to stop and the trooper initiated pursuit.
State police reported that during the pursuit, the driver, whom police identified as 23-year-old Cale P. Quenneville of Brandon, attempted to ram his vehicle into a state police cruiser, then turned onto Quenneville Drive, where the pursuit continued. The vehicle drove off the roadway and continued driving through a field. When the vehicle went down a trail, the trooper cancelled the pursuit.
Police located the vehicle in a nearby field, but the driver had fled the scene.
The next day, May 7, police located Quenneville; took him to the New Haven state police barracks; cited him for attempting to elude a police officer, careless and negligent driving and reckless endangerment; and lodged him at Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:
• On May 5 at 5:36 p.m. responded to the report of a theft from a Route 7 home. State police said their investigation showed that 18-year-old Wesley Harpe of Leicester stole a BB gun, and that he was also in violation of his conditions of release. Police cited Harpe for petit larceny and violation of conditions of release.
• On May 6 at approximately 10 p.m. looked into a 911 call reporting an assault that look place on LaFountain Lane in Weybridge. Police found the alleged victim, a 36-year-old Burlington man, walking south on Cave Road. He declined medical attention, but had marks on him suggesting a physical assault had taken place. Troopers went to LaFountain Road and arrested 58-year-old Robert Koch of Weybridge and cited him for simple assault.
• On May 6 at 11:10 p.m. stopped a vehicle on West River Road in Lincoln for traffic infractions. Police tested the driver’s sobriety and said James Sweeney, 27, of Lincoln had a blood alcohol content of 0.125 percent — the legal limit for driving is 0.08. Police cited Sweeney for driving under the influence, second offense.
• On May 10 Det. Lt. Reg Trayah of the VSP’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to an inquiry about rumors of a “suspicious” death allegedly occurring on April 30 or May 1 at a home near the intersection of Route 7 and Fern Lake Road in Leicester. Trayah said the BCI investigated an untimely death in that area, but determined that it was not suspicious.

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