Bristol Police Log: Altercation with kids ends in DUI citation

BRISTOL — On Saturday, May 6, at approximately 11:35 p.m. Bristol police officers were dispatched to the area of West and South streets for a reported suspicious incident. Apparently, a man had been involved in a verbal altercation with several juveniles on West Street and had reportedly left the area driving a red SUV. It was reported the man appeared intoxicated.
Investigation led police to the residence of Traven Cage Jerome, 21, of Bristol, where they located a vehicle matching the description.
Police determined that Jerome had driven under the influence of alcohol and they took him into custody and transported him to the Bristol Police Department, where he was processed without incident. Police report that Jerome’s blood alcohol content was found to be 0.110; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. They cited Jerome for driving under the influence and released him.
In other recent activity, Bristol police:
•  On May 1 at 8:49 a.m. responded to Champlain Farms on West Street on a report of a man loitering there. The man was gone when police arrived, but they found him and screened him for driving under the influence after a witnesses reported unusual behavior. Police said he wasn’t impaired, but they warned him.
•  On May 1 worked out of the office at Bristol Elementary School, and went with the principal to discuss concerns of a parent and a student crisis.
•  On May 1 conducted town-contracted traffic patrol on Monkton Road and issued one ticket for speeding.
•  On May 1 looked into a reported domestic disturbance on Mountain Street, where a woman reported a verbal fight that broke out as she was trying to leave. Police said no criminal acts occurred. Police helped the woman find temporary lodging with assistance of WomenSafe.
•  On May 1 conducted a quarterly sex offender registry check of a local offender and said he was compliant.
•  On May 1 found an unlocked door while checking security of Mount Abraham Union High School, and locked it. An officer also found an unlocked Mount Abe door on May 2 and locked it.
•  On May 2 at 11:45 a.m. responded to Mount Abe for a 911 hang-up call and 911 text message. No emergency was found at the school however the student whose phone the calls came from was not on campus, where he was supposed to be. The student’s last class teacher said he was in class when it ended at 11:30. The student returned to campus safely at 1 p.m. and admitted to leaving campus with friends without permission. The student told police he did not call 911, and he believes his phone may have been hacked. School staff are dealing with the students.
•  On May 2 accepted old medication for disposal.
•  On May 3 worked out the office at Bristol Elementary, followed up with the principal on a student family crisis, and interacted with students and staff passing from lunch and recess.
•  On May 3 checked a report of a drug transaction in the Shaw’s parking lot but couldn’t find the cars in question.
•  On May 3 were told by a woman that she had struck another vehicle while backing out of a parking space on School Street. She was provided a case number for her insurance company. She had exchanged information with the operator of the other vehicle.
•  On May 3 while performing a Sex Offender Registry check found the offender in possession of marijuana. Police seized a small quantity of marijuana along with three pipes and issued the offender a ticket for the possession of marijuana.
•  On May 4 received a report from a Lincoln woman of a minor crash on Park Place, where she backed into an ACTR bus, causing minor damage to her own vehicle and no reported damage to the bus.
•  On May 4 heard from a Main Street resident about a possible scam when the subject gave remote access to her computer. The resident received a call from a person offering computer service and was given remote access to the woman’s computer. The woman gave bank information for payment but then changed her bank information fearing a fraud. Additional calls were received and new problems with her computer started. Follow-up is being conducted to see if ongoing access is possible.
•  On May 4 received a complaint from two teens that a Little League coach had used obscenities toward them and told them to leave for no reason. The officer learned from the coach that police had been notified on previous game nights that these same teens were causing problems and smoking and on May 4 they started again. The coach admitted to the officer that he handled it inappropriately, and police told the coach to call them in the future if there were other problems and not to confront the teens.
•  On May 4 blocked off part of the parking lots at Mount Abe as requested by school staff for the safety day.
•  On May 5 Chief Gibbs participated in the mock crash at the Mount Abe Safety Fair. Bristol police, Bristol fire, Bristol rescue and Middlebury ambulance professionals also participated in the simulated fatal crash involving texting while driving.
•  On May 6 received a report that a woman was confronted by a man in front of a West Street residence as she was jogging. The subject made rude comments and made the complainant feel uncomfortable. The suspect was reportedly wearing a corrections ankle bracelet. Follow up is being conducted.
•           On May 13 at 6:10 p.m. responded with fire and rescue officials to a car crash near the Lord’s Prayer Rock on Route 116 east of the village. Although police found the car on its roof in the westbound lane, no one was injured. Police cited the driver, Benjamin Scott Fitzgerald, 32, of Bristol, for driving under the influence and for careless and negligent driving. Bristol police report that Fitzgerald’s blood alcohol content was 0.089 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

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