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Middlebury Police Log: Man cited for DUI, leaving crash

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Bradleigh Helenhouse, 33, of Leicester for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident (with injuries resulting), following a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 7 and Ossie Road in East Middlebury on Nov. 6.
Police said 49-year-old Alfred Churchwell of East Middlebury was travelling south on Route 7 and getting ready to turn left onto Ossie Road when his vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle being driven by Helenhouse. Police allege Helenhouse left the scene and was later found at his home by a Vermont State Police trooper.
Police said Churchwell was taken to Porter Hospital by Middlebury Regional EMS for treatment of what they said were “non-incapacitating” injuries.
Helenhouse is tentatively slated to answer to the charges in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, on Nov. 27.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Responded to a report of loud music being played at a Washington Street residence on Nov. 6.
•  Helped Middlebury firefighters at the scene of an illegal fire off Wilmar Road on Nov. 6.
•  Received a report on Nov. 6 that a man had allegedly pointed a gun at another man behind Hannaford Supermarket on Nov. 3. Police said the alleged incident appears linked to a longstanding dispute between the two men. The matter remains under investigation, according to police.
•  Investigated a two-vehicle collision, with minor injuries, at the intersection of Exchange Street and Route 7 on Nov. 7.
•  Helped a Middlebury College student who believed she had been the victim of a scam on Nov. 8.
•  Continued their investigation on Nov. 8 into an alleged phone scam that resulted in a local senior being defrauded.
•  Investigated a car-deer accident on Route 7 North on Nov. 8.
•  Assisted Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies with a disorderly man on Court Street on Nov. 8.
•  Helped resolve a local family dispute involving a car on Nov. 8.
•  Spoke with an upset parent at Middlebury Union Middle School on Nov. 8.
•  Ticketed a vehicle that was in violation of the town’s overnight parking ban on Weybridge Street on Nov. 8.
•  Told a homeless couple on Nov. 9 that it was against town ordinances to camp under the Cross Street Bridge.
•  Served a no-trespass order on a man who had allegedly been causing a disturbance at Porter Hospital on Nov. 9.
•  Investigated a report of a man swearing at people on Court Street on Nov. 9. Police said the man had left upon their arrival.
•  Extinguished a trash fire in the Main Street area on Nov. 10.
•  Investigated a report of an underage drinking party at an East Main Street residence on Nov. 10.
•  Responded to a report of an injured deer on Case Street on Nov. 10.
•  Helped Vergennes police search for a man in the Weybridge Street area on Nov. 10.
•  Conducted a welfare check on Nov. 11 on a Middlebury College student who had allegedly been seen walking down Weybridge Street in a drunken, bloodied state. Police said they found the youth, who was taken to Porter Hospital by Middlebury Regional EMS.
•  Searched the Boardman Street area during the late evening of Nov. 11, following a report of a suspicious person walking around parking lots in that area.
•  Responded to a reported two-vehicle crash on North Pleasant Street on Nov. 11.
•  Issued winter parking ban warnings to some vehicles parked off Weybridge Street during the early morning hours of Nov. 11.
•  Served a no-trespass order on a man on Nov. 12, who was not welcome on Middlebury College property.
•  Responded to a report of a naked man who appeared poised to jump from the top of the Cross Street Bridge on Nov. 12. Police said there was no sign of the man upon their arrival. But during their search, a Porter Hospital employee reported a nurse had taken the man by car to the hospital, according to police.
Local authorities checked with the hospital and were told the man was being treated for a mild case of hypothermia and would receive mental health counseling.

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