Vermont State Police Log: Driver loses tire, control of dump truck on Route 7

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 7 on July 30 at about 1:26 p.m. Reports indicated that 52-year-old Bruce Alger of Colchester was driving a dump truck full of stones when the front tire blew out.
The loss of the tire caused Alger to lose control of the truck, according to police. Eyewitnesses reported that he crashed into a utility pole and skidded sideways into a field off the southbound shoulder of the road. The truck then rolled over and came to a rest on its driver’s side.
Alger was assisted out of the truck by first responders and witnesses and then transported to the UVM Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, which police described as cuts and bruises.
State police were assisted on scene by Vergennes police, the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, the New Haven Fire Department and Green Mountain Power.
In other recent activity, troopers:
•  Investigated reports of bad checks passed at a Leicester store and determined that on June 19 and June 21 Jennifer Lawson, 44, of East Middlebury had written two checks on a closed account paid to the Champlain Beverage Store in Leicester. State police took Lawson into custody at the New Haven station and cited her for writing bad checks. State police reported that police in Bristol and Middlebury alleged that Lawson had committed similar crimes in their towns.
•  Responded to reports of several thefts at Bartlett Falls in Bristol between 3 and 6 p.m. on July 28. Police said several motor vehicles were broken into, and items reported stolen items were purses, wallets, credit cards, cash, keys, cell phones and check books. Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to contact Vermont State Police, New Haven barracks, at 802-388-4919.
•  On July 28 at 4:30 p.m. responded to one-car crash on Shaker Hill Road in town of Starksboro. Police reported that 26-year-old Joseph Kill of Braintree was driving westbound at approximately 30 mph when he was distracted by his cell phone and drove off the road, down an embankment and collided with several trees. The vehicle was damaged on the front end and undercarriage.
Police issued Kill a traffic ticket for operating a motor vehicle on a public highway while using a handheld electronic device.
•  On July 30 at 7:11 p.m. responded to an assault complaint in the town of Starksboro that police said began in the evening of July 29 and continued into the morning of July 30. Police reported that 34-year-old Kelly Husk of Starksboro had physically assaulted his significant other. Police took Husk into custody at the New Haven barracks and found him to be in violation of conditions of release. Police cited Husk for domestic assault and violation of conditions of release and transported him to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500.
•  On July 31 at 10:30 a.m. responded to a report of a simple assault in the town of Whiting. Police reported that 29-year-old Thomas Plantier of Whiting arrived at a residence on Stickney Road and confronted the victim, who retreated inside the house. According to the police, Plantier followed the victim inside the house, assaulted the victim, then turned himself in to state police. Troopers cited Plantier for simple assault and released him. 

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