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Vermont State Police Log: Suspicious vehicle at seasonal camp leads to drug citation

ADDISON COUNTY — On March 17 at around 8 p.m. Vermont State Police officers went to a seasonal camp on Fox Lane in Leicester in response to a report from the owner, who told police that there was a vehicle in the driveway and no one was supposed to be at the camp.
Troopers couldn’t find the vehicle, but when they looked inside the camp they saw signs someone had been living there for several days. Officers checked all the seasonal camps on Fox Lane and all were closed for the winter, so they left the camp in question but remained in the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle. 
About an hour later the vehicle returned, and as troopers arrived a second vehicle with three occupants pulled onto Fox Lane. Allison Stuhlmueller, 19, of Rutland was driving the car. Police questioned all three occupants about their reason for being on a private road with only seasonal camps on it and received conflicting stories.
Troopers then located the vehicle that was initially reported at the camp, and identified two people from Philadelphia who police report had been residing inside the camp for several days. After troopers spoke with the homeowner, the authorities learned both people inside the camp did not have permission to be there and removed them.
After investigating, state police said they figured out that both Philadelphia people had met Stuhlmueller and both passengers in the city of Rutland several hours earlier. None would tell troopers why they were attempting to meet at the camp.
In a search of Stuhlmueller’s vehicle, troopers located a prescription pill bottle with no label and several mixed pills inside; they also found a large bag containing marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. The pills inside of the bottle were later identified to be regulated substances.
Troopers arrested Stuhlmueller, took her to the New Haven state police barracks and cited her for possession of a controlled substance. She is due to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on May 22.
DUI PATROL
During a four-hour directed patrol that Vermont State Police conducted with Vergennes police this past Friday night and Saturday morning troopers were busy.
VSP Sgt. Matt Daley reported that between 11 p.m. on March 17 and 3 a.m. on March 18, state police from the New Haven barracks and the Vergennes Police Department teamed up to conduct a directed patrol. The goal was to monitor the flow of traffic along Vermont highways in the interest of detecting and arresting persons under the influence of alcohol or any drug that has impaired their ability to operate a motor vehicle.
The patrol resulted in three arrests for driving under the influence, two for driving with a criminally suspended license, four tickets being issued and 16 warnings.
During that period, one trooper observed a traffic violation and stopped a car on Route 22A in Panton near East Road at a minute or so before midnight. Police said that a preliminary breath test showed that driver Geoffrey Nelson, 54, of Addison had a blood alcohol content of 0.095 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. The trooper cited Nelson for DUI.
About two and a half hours later the trooper stopped a different vehicle on Panton Road after seeing a traffic violation. He screened driver Tammy Mullis, 50, of Panton after seeing signs of impairment. A roadside test showed her blood alcohol content was 0.099 percent. The trooper cited Mullis for DUI.
At a little before 1 a.m. on March 18, Sgt. Daley stopped a vehicle on Shellhouse Mountain Road in Ferrisburgh for a traffic infraction. He cited the driver, identified as 38-year-old Allen B. Pike of Monkton, for driving with a criminally suspended license.
Vergennes police reported two incidents that match up with the combined patrol with state police. On March 18 cited Bradley Williams, 35, of Poultney for DUI and driving with a suspended license after stopping him at the intersection of Williston Road and Dorset Street, South Burlington, driving after dark without headlights on. Police allege his blood alcohol content tested at 0.140.
On March 17, while working with VSP on the Northwest Vermont DUI task force, a Vergennes officer ticketed a driver for a civil driving with a suspended license violation and, after learning he was in violation of conditions of release, took him to the Shelburne police department and turned him over to the Department of Corrections.
In other recent activity, state police:
•  On March 15 at approximately 11:39 a.m. responded to a report of a domestic assault in Leicester. Police said their investigation showed that Michael Hutchins, 34, of Leicester had assaulted the victim in the presence of a child. Hutchins has a prior conviction for domestic assault. Police arrested Hutchins, cited him for second degree aggravated domestic assault in the presence of a child, and lodged him at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail.
•  On March 16 at just before 6 p.m. logged a report of an intoxicated individual at the Jiffy Mart on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Before state police could get there, the vehicle left the parking lot. Troopers found the vehicle on Main Street in Vergennes and screened the driver for DUI. Michael Cooke, 54, of Crown Point, N.Y., refused a preliminary roadside breath test, so police took him into custody, processed him for DUI, and released him with a citation for driving under the influence, third offense.
•  On March 17 at a quarter past 2 a.m. came across a vehicle that appeared to be disabled. After a short investigation police determined the vehicle had crossed the centerline of Route 74 in Cornwall, left the roadway and collided with a snowbank. While speaking with the driver, identified as Charles Commiskey, 48, of Weybridge, troopers said they detected an odor of intoxicants. Commiskey exited the vehicle on the passenger side and while doing so Troopers observed several signs of impairment. Police asked him to perform standardized field sobriety tests, which he did. Commiskey refused to provide a sample for a preliminary breath test and was subsequently placed into custody for suspicion of DUI. Police cited Commiskey for driving under the influence – test refusal.
•  On March 17 at approximately 1:10 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Afshin Belar, 47, of Middlebury on Route 7 in New Haven and cited him for speeding. Police allege that Belar was driving 84 mph in a 50 mph zone, and that they saw him passing other vehicles and almost colliding with oncoming traffic.
• On March 17 at 4:30 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on driven by Everett White on Route 116 in Bristol. Police cited White, 35, of Starksboro for possession of a regulated substance. Troopers did not say what the substance was.
• On March 19 cited Alara Bourgeois for driving with a criminally suspended license. State police report that on at around 7 p.m. on March 13 a trooper saw Bourgeois, 23, of Bristol, parked at the Mobil gas station in Hinesburg. Based on knowledge that Bourgeois’ driver’s license was under criminal suspension, the trooper made contact with Bourgeois, investigated and issued the citation.
•  On March 20 at approximately 3:20 p.m. stopped a car driven by Christine Marchese on Route 7 in New Haven for driving allegedly driving 82 mph in a 50 mph zone while passing other vehicles. The trooper cited Marchese, 58, of Shelburne, for speeding.

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