Vermont State Police log: Chase leads to charges for Orwell motorist
ADDISON COUNTY — On Saturday, April 13, at around a quarter to 4 p.m., a Vermont State Police trooper saw a vehicle speeding on Route 7 in New Haven. The trooper clocked the car at 74 mph in a 50 mph zone and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and the vehicle continued traveling southbound.
Police said the car entered the northbound lane on several occasions and put other motorists and his passenger at risk of serious bodily injury or death. The pursuit came to an end after several miles when the driver safely stopped his car.
The trooper reported seeing several signs of impairment in the driver, identified as Kenneth Marcelle, 20, of Orwell.
Police took Marcelle into custody, transported him to the New Haven state police barracks, and cited him for driving under the influence, second offense; grossly negligent driving; driving with a suspended license; reckless endangering another person; and violating conditions of release.
Police said that Marcelle, who is due to answer the charges in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on April 22, will also be issued multiple traffic tickets.
Meanwhile, as reported in Monday’s edition of the Independent, state police were called to a stretch of Route 125 in Addison twice on Wednesday, April 10, to reports of cars in Lake Champlain in separate incidents. Troopers first were called to the McCuen Slang Fishing Access off Route 125 a little more than a mile south of the bridge a little before 7 a.m. and found that a car stolen from Brandon was in the lake. Authorities removed the car from the lake.
State police were back on Route 125 just south of the bridge a little after 1 p.m., where a car had veered off Route 125 and plunged into Lake Champlain. Police said the driver had had an “undetermined medical event” that led to this accident, but he somehow was able to free himself from the car and get ashore. Police offered no further explanation. The man was treated at Porter Hospital.
State police are still investigating both incidents, and anyone with information is asked to call them at 802-388-4919.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:
•On April 2 announced that they had cited two Hancock residents — 43-year-old Dean Mitchell and Stacey Roy, 47 — for unlawful mischief. The citations arise from a March 5 report from a landlord in Rochester who told police that Mitchell and Roy had moved out of a rental property and he found $13,000 in damage to the property. They are due to answer the citations in Windsor County Superior Court on May 28.
•On April 11 at approximately 3:43 p.m. were notified of a two-car crash at the intersection of Routes 116 and Route 17 in Bristol north of the village. Police report that Harrison Corse, 61, of Bristol started to turn left from Route 17 onto Route 116 with the sun in his eye when his car collided with a vehicle turning left onto Vermont Route 17. The driver of the second car was identified as Camille Nobel, 64, of Starksboro. Both vehicles sustained moderate contact damage; both drivers were wearing their seat belts and were uninjured. Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected of contributing to the crash.
Police said issuance of traffic tickets was pending.
•On April 13 at a little after 11 a.m. responded to a two-car crash on Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester. Police report that Danielle Laberge, 33, of East Middlebury was driving southbound on Lake Dunmore Road at approximately 5 mph as she was preparing to turn left into a private driveway and turned in front of a vehicle traveling northbound. The driver of that car, identified as Brian Alger, 54, of Leicester, was going approximately 40 mph and told police that he could not avoid a collision. Both Laberge and Alger were wearing their seat belts and were uninjured. Both vehicles sustained moderate to heavy contact damage. Neither alcohol nor drugs were found to be contributing factors in the collision.
Police ticketed Laberge for failing to yield while turning left, which carries 2 points and a $220 fine.
•On April 15 announced that Ian Labounty, 28, of Crown Point, N.Y., had come to the New Haven barracks that day and was formally cited for driving under the influence of drugs and gross negligent driving with death resulting. The citation stemmed from a March 22 two-car crash on Route 22A in Addison in which police report Labounty’s car struck a car driven by 57-year-old Cecile Druzba, killing the South Burlington woman. Labounty will formally answer the charges on May 20 in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division.
•On April 15 at approximately at 10 p.m. responded to a report of a burglary at Pulp Mill Bridge Road home in Weybridge. Police reported simply that someone gained entry into the residence and took undisclosed items. Any information regarding this burglary is asked to contact Trooper Mae Murdock at the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.
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