Vermont State Police Log for Aug. 19

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police dealt with a variety of interactions with the public this past week, and cited people in assault and drunken driving incidents and investigated an untimely death.

Between Aug. 10 and 16, troopers:

•  On Aug. 10 at around 7:40 p.m. responded to a report of an assault at a home in the Jenna lane neighborhood of Leicester. Police reported that Douglas Bent, 56, of Middlebury assaulted a Leicester resident. The officer cited Bent for simple assault.

•  On Aug. 10 shortly before 3:30 p.m. logged a complaint of a vehicle off the road on Botsford Road in Ferrisburgh.  State police found that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Eduardo U. Valenzuela, 24, of Enosburg Falls, showed signs of impairment. They cited Valenzuela for driving under the influence.

•  On Aug. 11 reported that state police are investigating the death of a man on the Kayhart Brothers Farm in Addison.

Detective Trooper Jacqueline June said that on Aug. 5 state police were notified at 3:03 p.m. that an unconscious man was located pinned between two Dumpsters at the Farm. The victim was extracted, and first responders located on the property began performing CPR.

Responding troopers processed the scene and found evidence that was consistent with an accidental death as a piece of broken equipment was located, which caused the incident. Police identified the victim as Jeremy Spaulding, 30, of Whitehall, N.Y., who was working for Casella Waste Management at the time of the incident.

Spaulding’s body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, and the death was ruled as accidental. 

The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration also is investigating the incident.

•  On Aug. 14 at a little before 11:30 p.m. responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence on Boro Hill Road in Monkton. Police investigated and determined that Corrie Fitzgerald, 37, of Monkton had assaulted a household member. Police cited Fitzgerald for domestic assault.

•  On Aug. 16 at around 12:39 a.m. responded to a report of a family fight at a Quaker Village Road home in Weybridge. After investigating, state police arrested Rachel Tyler, 27, of Charlestown, N.H., for three counts of domestic assault and one count of reckless endangerment.

•  On Aug. 16 at approximately 8:40 p.m. a Vermont State Police cruiser was traveling eastbound on States Prison Hollow Road in Monkton when a westbound vehicle drove over the double yellow line into the eastbound lane almost striking oncoming traffic. Troopers stopped the westbound car on Monkton Ridge Road and identified the driver as Tommy Brace, 49, of North Ferrisburgh.

While speaking with Brace, Troopers detected signs of impairment, screened him for driving under the influence and arrested him for suspicion of DUI.

During the motor vehicle stop, troopers discovered the vehicle that Brace was driving was not equipped with an ignition interlock device, which Brace is required to have under Vermont Law.

Upon further investigation, troopers discovered Brace was operating his vehicle at high rates of speed when he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and struck a fence causing damage, and that Brace left the scene of the crash.

Police took Brace to the New Haven barracks and cited him for DUI, fourth offense; leaving the scene of an accident; negligent driving; and driving with a criminally suspended license.

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