Vermont State Police: Man cited for alleged racist tirade

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police jailed a Rutland man for an allegedly racist tirade at a Leicester bus stop last week.

On June 22 at a few minutes before 6 p.m. troopers responded to a report of a disorderly man refusing to get off a bus at the Leicester Park & Ride, which is near the Leicester town office. After investigating, the trooper determined that 41-year-old James Bryant of Rutland had engaged in violent, tumultuous behavior, made unreasonable noise, and used obscene language in a public place.

The trooper further reported that Bryant had violated multiple court-ordered conditions of release and was motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or disability.

Police said one of the victims had a last name that is more common in Latin American countries, though she is a resident of Rutland.

Troopers took Bryant to the New Haven state police barracks and cited him for five counts of violating conditions of release, one count of disorderly conduct and a count of committing a hate-motivated crime.

He was lodged at the Northwest Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.

Separately, state police dealt with two different crashes that sent drivers to the hospital.

First, on Saturday, June 26, at 8:10 p.m. troopers responded to a one-vehicle crash with the driver trapped inside a 2020 Toyota Tacoma on Shellhouse Mountain Road near the intersection with Fuller Mountain Road in Ferrisburgh. A rescue squad extracted Heather Clark, 47, of North Ferrisburgh from the pickup truck.

Police report that Clark was driving southbound on Shellhouse Mountain Road when she crossed into the northbound lane, returned to the southbound lane, but overcorrected on the dry gravel road and crossed back into the northbound lane, causing her vehicle to overturn and leave the roadway. She reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.

 Clark was transported by ambulance to UVM Medical Center with a suspected broken wrist, concussion and minor cuts on her head.

Police said they would issue traffic tickets to Clark. Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of always wearing a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle.

Then on Sunday, June 27, state police were dispatched to motorcycle crash on Route 22A near the intersection of Route 73 in Orwell at a little after 12:30 p.m. Police report that a pickup truck involved in the crash had left the scene before they arrived, but they did find the two motorcycles: a 2012 Harley Davidson driven by Jessica Comma, 25 of Highgate and a 2008 Harley Davidson driven by Justin Johnson, 34, of Highgate. Both drivers were taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderate injuries.

Troopers report that the pickup had turned left at the intersection cutting in front of a row of motorcycles. While Comma was able to come to bring her Harley to a full stop, Johnson could not, and ran into Comma’s cycle. The truck then pulled into the gas station and then left the scene, police report.

State police request that anyone with information on the unknown truck please call Trooper Ducharme at the New Haven barracks at 388-4919.

Troopers were assisted by Orwell Fire and Rescue, Regional Ambulance Service, and the Shoreham ambulance and fire services.

In other recent activity, troopers on June 25 at a little past 9:30 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on West Hill Road in Granville. Police cited Kim Neal White, who was described as 48 and homeless‚ for driving under the influence, third offense.

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