Vermont State Police Log: Three drivers get DUIs

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police, operating out of the New Haven barracks on Friday, Sept. 17, cited two men, both from out of the county, for driving under the influence of drugs (DUI-drugs) in separate incidents. They also cited a third driver, a Lincoln resident, for the same offense on Tuesday.

VSP ordered one driver, David Farnham, 41, of Grand Isle, into court on Sept. 27 to answer charges of DUI, third offense, and criminally driving with a suspended license.

The incident began at about 11:15 p.m., when troopers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a Starksboro home. The homeowners told police they didn’t know who the operator was, and he wasn’t allowed on their property.

Troopers said when they arrived they identified the driver as Farnham. He showed signs of drug impairment, police reported, and requested to be taken to Porter Medical Center because he didn’t feel well. Farnham was then processed at Porter for DUI-3.

VSP added a driver’s license check on Farnham showed he had been driving with a suspended license, resulting in the second citation.

Troopers also issued a DUI-drugs citation to Charles Swanner, 40, of Fair Haven.

Earlier that same day, at about 12:30 p.m., troopers responded to a report of a vehicle “with two unconscious adults located inside” blocking a driveway on Route 116 South in Bristol. VSP and the Bristol Rescue Squad first determined both adults were safe.

Police then identified the driver as Swanner and determined he had driven to the location. They also allege Swanner showed signs of impairment, and cited him into court after submitting him to  field sobriety tests.

On Tuesday, VSP cited Wanda Otero, 52, of Lincoln, for DUI-drugs and impeding arrest. They received help from both Bristol and Vergennes police.

The incident began when VSP were notified at about 4:20 p.m. “of a vehicle traveling on Main St. in New Haven in an erratic manner. The vehicle was reportedly entering in the opposite lane of travel and almost struck multiple vehicles head-on.”

Bristol Police found and stopped the vehicle and waited until VSP arrived. Police said Otero appeared to be under the influence of drugs and took her to the Vergennes Police station to be evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert there. Otero was then cited and released to a sober adult, according to VSP.  

Also, on Sept. 19, VSP cited a Boston woman for domestic assault after responding to a reported argument at a cabin at the Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh at about 1:45 a.m. Vergennes Police backed up VSP at the scene.

Troopers said they determined Julianna Zyra, 28, had “physically assaulted a household member during the incident, causing bodily injury,” and cited her into court to answer to the charge this past Monday.

On Monday, Sept. 20, just after 11 p.m., VSP responded to an alleged domestic assault in Ferrisburgh, this time with help from both Middlebury and Vergennes Police. Troopers responded to a report of a man brandishing a large knife at a residence on Button Bay road, along with officers from the other departments.

They alleged that Jorge L. Velazquez Cordova, 33, had physically assaulted a household member during the incident. After being taken to the New barracks for processing, VSP lodged Cordova without bail at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility until he could answer to several charges in court on Tuesday.

Those charges included first degree aggravated domestic assault, criminal threatening, and providing false information to police.

On Tuesday, VSP cited Jacob Gorton, 24, of Salisbury, on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

According to a VSP press release, the citation is a result of an investigation begun “into reported sexual misconduct” on June 29 by VSP detectives assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Police released Gorton from VSP’s New Haven barracks on the citation after ordering him to report for his court date.

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