Vermont State Police Log: After crash with motorcycle, driver cited for DUI

ADDISON COUNTY — A Middlebury man was seriously injured Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving was involved in a crash with a car driven by another Middlebury man who police say was under the influence of drugs.

On July 24 at approximately 6:10 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to a report of a car vs. motorcycle crash on Weybridge Road in Weybridge. Troopers report that they investigated and determined that Steven Thurston, 31, was driving a 2016 Ford Fiesta on James Road and entered Weybridge Road without yielding the right of way to a motorcycle operated by Joseph Ciaramitaro, 27. The motorcycle, a 2004 Triumph, struck the driver’s side of the car. Police said the motorcycle was a total loss.

Ciaramatro sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Porter Hospital and later released. Thurston was not injured in the crash.

While speaking with Thurston, troopers detected indicators of impairment and they screened him and arrested him. Police took Thurston to the New Haven barracks for processing, and later to Porter Hospital to provide a blood sample. They cited him for driving under the influence of drugs.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Middlebury Fire Department, Middlebury Regional EMS and the Vergennes Police Department.

Separately on July 24, troopers from the New Haven barracks were dispatched at 8:30 a.m. to a report of an assault at a Shoreham home.

After investigating, police said they determined that Jason Dotter, 47, of Shoreham had threatened to cause serious bodily harm while pointing a firearm at another person. They cited Dotter for aggravated assault.

State police also cited Michele Piper, 46, of Shoreham for being an accessory to a commission of a felony.

In other recent activity, state police on July 25 at approximately 10 minutes ’til 1 a.m., troopers responded to D.A.R. State Park campground in Addison for a reported citizen dispute. Police report that three people — Thomas Hunt, 38, of Vergennes; Jacqueline Hunt, 36, of Vergennes; and Jonathan Vermette, 33, of Middletown, Conn. — were involved in a dispute at a campsite, threatened D.A.R. State Park staff members and made unreasonable noise.

State police cited the Hunts and Vermette with disorderly conduct. Thomas Hunt was transported to ACT 1 in Burlington for detox.

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