Vergennes Police Log: Woman faces charges after car chase

VERGENNES — Following what Vergennes police allege was a high-speed chase on Sunday, Jan. 30, through the city and neighboring Panton, they issued multiple citations to a Middlebury resident, including driving under the influence of alcohol, cruelty to children, reckless endangerment, and simple assault on a police officer.

Following the midafternoon incident police cited Sabrina Rae Landon, 26, for DUI; two counts of cruelty to children, because there were two in her vehicle; two counts of reckless endangerment, because she had two adult passengers; excessive speed; attempting to elude police; resisting arrest; negligent driving; and simple assault on an officer, because she allegedly kicked the arresting officer.

Police allege Landon’s blood-alcohol content tested at 0.194%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08%.

Vergennes police said they were alerted to a vehicle being driven erratically, including a passenger leaning out of it. The arresting officer then saw the vehicle driving past the city station and drove after it, alleging the driver refused to stop and instead pulled away at a high rate of speed and eventually turned onto Panton Road off West Main Street at the other end of town.

Police said Landon finally pulled over near the Whispering Pines Campground, at which point they allege she refused to cooperate and assaulted the officer.

In other action between Jan. 24 and 30, police conducted two cruiser patrols and one VIN inspection, ticketed and ordered towed two vehicles left out overnight in violations of the city’s wintertime parking ban, and:

On Jan. 24:

  • Advised an Armory Lane resident to disregard a Facebook Messenger threat seeking money from the resident because it was an attempt at fraud.
  • Told a Walker Avenue resident who called to complain a heater was beeping, but still working, to contact the landlord.
  • Advised a North Street resident to block the social media accounts of people making threats based on the resident’s online business address, and to report the accounts to Facebook and Instagram.

On Jan. 25:

  • Responded to an unfounded complaint from a West Main Street resident of a noise outside a home.
  • Referred to the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations a child pornography case reported by a source from Barre.

On Jan. 26:

  • Responded to Sunset Drive to help look for a mentally challenged child who had wandered away from a home; the child was found before they arrived.
  • Went along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to the aid of an elderly person who had fallen on ice on Armory Lane.

On Jan. 27:

  • Following a report from a concerned West Main Street roommate, helped a man find counseling and a local medical practitioner.
  • Took a call from a city resident who believed a man was hacking her cellphone and that of her friends; police concluded she was experiencing mental issues and contacted the Counseling Service of Addison County to help her.

On Jan. 30 spoke with a Monkton Road resident who had video of an individual getting into his car in the middle of the night, but were unable to identify the person.

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