Vergennes Police Log: Naked driver cited for DUI-drugs

VERGENNES — Vergennes police recently issued citations to a city resident for driving under the influence of drugs and driving with a criminally suspended license, and soon afterward helped him get into a Burlington program to treat drug addiction.
On Nov. 3 police were alerted that a car was being driven on Main Street by an operator possibly under the influence, and they pulled it over and discovering the driver, Logan Williams, 26, of Vergennes was naked and allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said he had clothes in the car and ordered him to dress, and then cited him for DUI-drugs and driving with a criminally suspended license.
Over the next few days police had several run-ins with Williams, including responding to his family’s home when he allegedly did damage to the interior on Nov. 4. Then on Nov. 6 police took him to Burlington to the Act 1 detoxification facility, UVM Medical Center and then the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility after he allegedly did drugs in a West Main Street apartment building, Finally, police said they found drug paraphernalia he allegedly left in a convenience store bathroom on Nov. 7.
On Nov. 7 Police Chief George Merkel said he helped the family convince Williams to attend a treatment program in Burlington.
In other action between Oct. 29 and Nov. 11, Vergennes police conducted a half-dozen directed patrols intended to control speeding within the city, during which they wrote 14 tickets and issued a number of warnings, and also:
On Oct. 29 helped a motorist get into a locked car in Booth Woods.
On Oct. 30:
•  Handed out 600 fluorescent trick-or-treat bags to elementary school students in Vergennes, Ferrisburgh and Addison.
•  Advised a city resident how to handle the situation when she found online activity by someone else in her credit card account. Police said she had not lost any money.
•  Took a report from a Mountain View Lane resident that his pumpkins had been vandalized.
•  Were told by a Hillside Drive resident that her out-of-state brother had made online threats, but they had recently stopped. Police told her to let them know if they began again.
•  On Oct. 31:
•  Handed out glow sticks to trick-or-treaters at the city fire station along with firefighters and Vergennes Area Rescue Squad personnel, and led the Vergennes Union Elementary School Halloween parade.
•  Determined that a South Maple Street resident’s complaint that his neighbor’s grandchildren had damaged his plants was unfounded.
•  Dealt with a minor accident at the intersection of Green and School streets.
On Nov. 1:
•  Helped a motorist get into a locked car in Booth Woods.
•  Issued a motorist tickets for driving with a civilly suspended license and without inspection stickers after finding his car in the middle of South Maple Street out of gas after a citizen tip. On Nov. 8 city police issued the same driver the same two citations after spotting his car northbound on Route 7.
•  Took a call from a First Street resident requesting that police remove her husband; police said they had no grounds to do so and advised she pursue a court order.
On Nov. 2 checked the welfare of a Cataract Lane resident thought to be suicidal and determined there was no problem.
On Nov. 3:
•  Arrested Julia Pettinelli, 20, of Williston on two outstanding Chittenden County warrants. Pettinelli, who was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, was a passenger in a car reported to be suspicious on West Main Street.
•  Dealt with a minor accident at the intersection of Green and Main streets.
•  Calmed a family dispute on High Street, and later returned to make sure that one party was OK after another party said she might be suicidal.
On Nov. 4 helped Vermont State Police with a DUI arrest.
On Nov. 6 called VARS to take a Walker Avenue resident to the UVM Medical Center after checking his welfare.
On Nov. 7:
•  Went to Addison Central School to talk to a student about behavioral issues.
•  Took a complaint from a woman that Vermont Gas workers on North Main Street were making unwanted remarks about her.
On Nov. 8:
•  Checked a report of a drunken man on Green Street and made sure he had a ride home.
•  Responded to North Main Street along with VARS and firefighters to deal with an accident in which a car rammed a medical practice, damaging the structure but not injuring anybody.
•  Helped state police make an arrest in an Addison domestic assault case.
On Nov. 9:
•  Helped an elderly and confused woman walking along Monkton Road by giving her a ride home.
•  Conducted two welfare checks, one on a despondent man on Short Street and one on an upset Thomas Circle teen; in both cases the people were determined to be OK.
•  Dealt with a minor accident on Depot Street.
On Nov. 10:
•  Investigated a possible sex assault at Northlands Job Corps and determined the complaint was unfounded.
•  Calmed a First Street child visitation dispute.
•  Oversaw the exchange of children between a separated couple on Hillside Drive.
On Nov. 11:
•  Checked the welfare of a Counseling Service of Addison County client that CSAC could not reach and determined she was fine.
•  Calmed a family fight on Comfort Hill.

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