Vermont State Police Log: State police cite four locals for driving under the influence

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited four citizens for driving under the influence of alcohol last week and into this week.
The first such incident took place on Feb. 3 at 1:42 a.m., when a trooper stopped a motor vehicle on Middlebrook Road in Ferrisburgh. Police report that driver Basil Jerger, 25, of Ferrisburgh had a blood alcohol content (BAC) or 0.113; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. The officer cited Jerger for DUI.
About 24 hours later, at 2:38 a.m. on Feb. 4, a different trooper saw a traffic violation and stopped a vehicle on West Main Street in Vergennes. After the trooper detected intoxicants emanating from the vehicle, he screened the driver, identified as 32-year-old Danielle Conant of Vergennes. Conant refused a preliminary breath test and was taken into custody and cited for DUI, second offense.
Two of the DUI citations came after drivers crashed their vehicles.
The first came on Feb. 4 at around 3 p.m. when state police and Castleton police responded to a one-car roll-over crash on Black Pond Road in Hubbardton. They cited Melanie Pratt, 54, of Brandon for DUI after extracting her from the overturned vehicle.
The other took place on Feb. 6, when a trooper went to the scene of a crash on Upper Notch Road in Bristol at around 2:50 p.m. but found that the car and driver had left the scene. The trooper located the driver, William Simmons, 53, at his New Haven residence and reported that investigation showed Simmons was driving drunk. Simmons refused to take a breath test, and he was cited for DUI, third offense.
In other activity last week, a Vergennes man was among a group of seven people apprehended in Washington County between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3 and charged with a variety of drug and firearms crimes.
Michael Raymond, 27, of Vergennes was charged on three counts of selling cocaine. He is due to answer the charges in Washington Superior Court, criminal division, on March 16. The other six people arrested were residents of Washington or Orange counties.
The arrests grew out of a months-long investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force, which was assisted by many state and federal agencies.
In other recent activity, troopers:
•  On Feb. 1 at approximately 4:30 p.m. responded to a report of a singe-vehicle collision with a tree on Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury. State police report that a 16-year-old from the area was driving westbound on Lake Dunmore Road at approximately 30 mph when the back end of her truck kicked out around a curve and the vehicle struck a tree. The driver sustained minor injuries and the vehicle was totaled. State police were assisted on scene by members of the Addison Country Sheriff’s Department, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Salisbury Fire Department, and Middlebury Regional EMS.
•  On Feb. 3 at just before 4 p.m. received a tip from Middlebury police regarding a driver known to have a criminally suspended license. Acting on that tip, State Police located and observed Traci G. Payne, 46, of Bridport driving a motor vehicle westbound on Route 125 in Middlebury. The trooper stopped Payne on Route 125 in Cornwall, took her to the New Haven state police barracks and cited her for driving with a criminally suspended license.

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