Vermont State Police Log: Starksboro crash kills motorcyclist

ADDISON COUNTY — A Waltham man driving a motorcycle in Starksboro was killed in a crash with an SUV early Monday evening. Vermont State Police report that 38-year-old George Hallock was pronounced deceased at UVM Medical Center, after being taken there by ambulance.

Police suspect the driver of the SUV was impaired by drugs.

On Sept. 6 at 5:15 p.m. troopers responded to a car vs. motorcycle crash on Route 17 East near the intersection with Meadow Brook Drive in Starksboro. They reported that Calvin Morse, 21, of Charlotte was driving a Toyota Highlander westbound when he attempted to make a left turn in front of the eastbound Honda motorcycle driven by Hallock. The motorcycle struck the passenger’s side of the Highlander and Hallock was ejected from his motorcycle. Both vehicles were totaled.

While speaking with Morse, troopers alleged they detected signs of drug impairment, so they arrested him and took him to the Vergennes Police Department to be evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert and then to Porter Medical Center, where he consented to provide a sample of his blood.

Police cited Morse for driving under the influence of drugs and for negligent driving with death resulting.

He is scheduled to answer the charges in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Nov. 1.

Separately, Vermont State Police are searching for a New Haven man who allegedly discharged himself from a Burlington drug rehabilitation facility on Thursday, Sept. 2, in direct violation of a court order, according to a press release issued the following day.

Brian A. Davidson “has a nexus to the Addison County area and it is a possibility he may travel to the area in the immediate future,” state police said.

Davidson, 39, had recently begun the drug rehabilitation program after being incarcerated for the past year following a fatal motor vehicle crash last summer in Salisbury.

On July 25, 2020, Davidson was driving “well over the posted speed limit” on West Salisbury Road and, without stopping at the stop sign, continued onto Route 7, where his car “plowed into” a vehicle traveling in the northbound lane, according to a news release issued by state police at the time. The northbound vehicle subsequently “became fully engulfed in flames.” A passenger in the vehicle, Joan Dayton, 72, of Londonderry, Vt., died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The following day police executed a search warrant on Davidson’s car and found several bags of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with grossly negligent driving with death resulting.

In 2018 Davidson pleaded guilty in New York state to one felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a 2017 traffic stop in Fort Ann. Davidson, then 35, was pulled over by New York State Police because of a broken headlight, according to the (Glens Falls) Post-Star. Police discovered Davidson’s driver’s license had been suspended and determined he was driving under the influence of drugs. Police then searched the vehicle and seized nearly 100 packets of heroin, along with a scale, glass pipes and quantities of cocaine and marijuana. Davidson and the vehicle’s passenger were each charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Davidson was charged with DUI-drugs.

In 2016 Davidson was charged with possession of a controlled substance in New Jersey and was issued traffic summonses for DUI and reckless driving after Lacey Township police responded to a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle parked at a Forked River, N.J., Applebee’s restaurant, according to Lacey Township Police Department records.

At this time Davidson has an active warrant for his arrest in Vermont.

“The State Police urges the public to use caution as Mr. Davidson has a history of stealing vehicles,” the Sept. 3 news release said. “If you come in contact with this individual please do not approach but rather contact the police immediately.”

Trooper Christopher Hein of Special Operations at the Williston Barracks is in charge of the case and may be reached by phone at 802-878-7111, ext. 4047, or by email at [email protected].

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In other recent activity, troopers:

•        On Aug. 27 at 11:05 a.m. stopped a vehicle allegedly driven on Dakin Road in Ferrisburgh by Larry Lanpher Jr., 30, of Leicester. Police cited Lanpher for driving with a criminally suspended license.

•        On Aug. 28 at 9:50 p.m. responded to a report of an assault at Paddler’s Pub restaurant in Salisbury. After investigating, troopers determined that Sandy Letourneau, 44, of Brandon assaulted a 41-year-old Salisbury woman before leaving the scene. Police also alleged that Letourneau had engaged in violent, fighting, tumultuous behavior in a public place. On Aug. 30 Brandon police located Letourneau and cited her for simple assault and disorderly conduct.

•        On Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m. were notified of a single-vehicle crash on Old Foundry Road in Orwell. Driver Michael Perales was being transported to Porter Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries when troopers arrived. During the course of interviewing Perales before the ambulance left, police alleged that Perales exhibited signs of drug impairment, so troopers continued to investigate their suspicion of impaired driving after Perales arrived at Porter.

Later police learned that the truck Perales had been driving had damaged a trailer off Route 73 in Orwell. The truck left the scene of that crash and entered onto a private road that leads to Old Foundry Road, police reported. Troopers collected car parts left behind and matched them to the crashed vehicle on Old Foundry Road operated by Perales. As a result of this investigation, and after finding out that earlier issued court conditions forbid Perales from operating a motor vehicle, state police ended up citing Perales for driving under the influence, second offense; leaving the scene of a crash; and violating court conditions.

Vermont State Police were assisted by Orwell Fire and Rescue and Middlebury Regional EMS.

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