Crime

Vermont State Police Log: Shoreham man cited for DUI after ‘bar fight’

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police arrested a Shoreham man and charged him with several crimes in the wake of his alleged participation in what police called a “bar fight.”

Troopers were called to Porky’s BBQ restaurant on Route 7 in New Haven a few minutes before midnight on Thursday, Nov. 4. Once they got there, police found that most of the people in the reported fight had left, but they were told that Arlyn Sunderland, 48, of Shoreham had engaged in violent, tumultuous behavior, and that when leaving his vehicle nearly struck multiple other vehicles.

Shortly after that, troopers found Sunderland’s vehicle parked on an embankment near his driveway with front-end contact damage. State police said that Sunderland initially lied to them to deflect their investigation. Police also noted signs of impairment when they spoke to him, so they screened Sunderland for driving under the influence. They then cited Sunderland for DUI, third offense, as well as for negligent driving, disorderly conduct, and giving false information to law enforcement.

Police said they were still investigating the incident at Porky’s.

In other recent activity, state police on Nov. 1 at around 6:15 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 7 and Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh.

Police report that Jason Vanderweert, 42, of Addison was driving a 2011 GMC truck southbound on Route 7 approaching Monkton Road when Jacqueline Clark, 76, of Vergennes was northbound in a 2019 Ford Fiesta and allegedly disregarded a flashing yellow light and attempted a left turn onto Monkton Road. Police said Clark crossed the centerline without yielding to oncoming traffic, resulting in being broadsided by Vanderweert’s truck.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and only Clark sustained suspected minor injuries as a result of the crash. She was transported to UVM Medical Center for evaluation.

Vergennes police assisted troopers at the scene.

In another incident on county roads, on Nov. 6 at 10:50 p.m. state police stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh after observing a motor vehicle violation. Police ended up citing the driver, identified as Karla Huizenga, 42, of Vergennes, for DUI.

Two Essex teens ran afoul of the law for excess speed the next day.

On Nov. 7 at a little before 1:30 p.m. troopers were notified of a row of vehicles traveling over the speed limit and passing unsafely in Ferrisburgh. When troopers arrived in the area, they spotted two vehicles driving far in excess of the speed limit — 90 mph in a 50 mph zone. Police stopped the cars and issued the drivers — identified as Chad Hotchkiss and Joseph Lemire, both 18 — criminal citations for speeding. They are due in court the week of Christmas to answer the charges.

State police also stopped travel on local highways twice recently after traffic accidents. First, they closed Route 125 in Hancock for around two-and-a-half hours beginning at 2:50 p.m. on Nov. 6. Then, they closed Route 22A in Addison on Nov. 8 between 7:10 and 8:17 p.m. No further details on the accidents were available from state police.

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