Vermont State Police Log: Police remove impaired drivers from road

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police removed a number of impaired drivers from the road in recent actions.

The first incident involving an Addison County driver took place on Nov. 7 at a little before 6 p.m., when state police saw a traffic violation on Route 22A in Benson and stopped a car driven by Caleb Hall, 22, of Orwell. After the trooper detecting indicators of impairment, the trooper screened Hall and then cited him for driving under the influence of drugs and for driving with a criminally suspended license.

On Nov. 8 a car vs. tractor crash on Nov. 8 netted another driver a DUI citation. On that Monday at a few minutes before 7 p.m. troopers responded to the report of the crash in Addison on Route 22A near Whitford Road.

Police report that Jason Marshall, 28, of Waltham was driving a Mitsubishi Gallant northbound on 22A when he ran into the rear end of the farm equipment being towed by a northbound tractor. The Mitsubishi sustained extensive damage; the tractor sustained minor damage and its driver was uninjured. Marshall, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, was transported by ambulance to Porter Medical Center for possible minor injuries. Suspecting Marshall was impaired, troopers later met with him at the hospital, where a sample of his blood was drawn.

State police then cited Marshall for DUI and issued tickets for driving with a suspended license and misuse of plates, and they released him to a sober family member.

A section of Route 22A was closed to traffic while authorities investigated the crash and removed the vehicles.

Later that same Nov. 8 night, at 10:23 p.m. troopers stopped a car on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh and after detecting signs of impairment in the driver cited Daniel Guertin, 35, of Burlington for driving under the influence of drugs.

On Nov. 11 at around 9:30 troopers observed a motor vehicle violation on Monkton Road in Vergennes and stopped the car on Main Street. Police ended up citing Travis Norris, 23, of Shoreham for DUI.

Separately, on Nov. 12 at 6:49 p.m. state police went to look into a report of a one-car crash on Tatro Road in Starksboro. Police said an eastbound car left the road, hit a tree and ended up sitting in the westbound lane. Police identified the driver as a 73-year-old Colchester man. During the investigation, they uncovered evidence that 69-year-old Stuart Morrow of Shelburne had driven to the scene of the crash, and that he was intoxicated while making that journey, so police cited Morrow for DUI.

Finally, on Nov. 13 at just before 12:30 a.m. Vermont State Police went to the site of a crash on Hemenway Road in Bridport. Troopers report that the car Jonas S. Hastings, 26, of Bridport was driving left the road, overturned and stopped upside down in a ditch. Police found Hastings at a Bridport home, screened him and cited him for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and negligent driving.

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