Vermont State Police Log: Traffic accident results in two DUIs

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police issued two citations for impaired driving after being called to Ireland Road in Starksboro for a vehicle off the road at a little before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Troopers reported that John Coyle, 58, of Monkton drove his truck off the road near Route 116 and got stuck in the snow. He apparently called Patrick Coyle, 46, of Bristol asking for help.

When troopers arrived on the scene Patrick Coyle was in the driver’s seat attempting to get the truck out of the snow.

While speaking with the Coyles, troopers detected signs of impairment in both of them. Police took both John Coyle and Patrick Coyle to the state police barracks in New Haven for processing. In the interim, state police said they learned that John Coyle had earlier struck a guardrail on Route 116 North near the intersection with Route 17 East and left the scene.

Police cited John Coyle for driving under the influence, second offense; resisting arrest; leaving the scene of an accident; and unlawful mischief. They cited Patrick Coyle for driving under the influence, first offense.

At the conclusion of processing, police released both men to a sober person.

Also, on Monday, Feb. 7, at around 5:45 p.m. troopers saw a truck fail to yield for a stop sign at the intersection of Shoreham-Whiting Road and Route 30 in the heart of Whiting. Troopers attempted to stop the truck, which fled southbound on Route 30 at a high rate of speed and turned onto Whiting’s Bilodeau Road.

Troopers did not pursue the truck, but said that the same truck later attempted to elude police in Rutland and crashed at about 6:19 p.m. State police cited Nicholas Karov, 38, of Fair Haven for eluding a police officer.

Also in Whiting, on Sunday, Feb. 6, state police received a call from a citizen who reported her home on North Main Street in Whiting had been struck by pellets or gunfire sometime between Feb. 3 and 6. No injuries were reported, and police did not foresee a threat to the general public in this incident. Police are investigating and ask that anyone with information please call the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at

In other recent activity, state police:

  • On Jan. 31 shortly before 6 p.m. looked into a report of a domestic disturbance at a Bristol home. State police cited Ricky Chobot, 33, whom they described as a transient, for violation of an abuse prevention order by contacting a victim in person and coming within 300 feet of their residence.
  • On Feb. 3 at a little after 4:30 a.m. responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a Monkton home. Police alleged that Kenneth Clark, 51, of Monkton had caused bodily injury to a household member. They arrested Clark and cited him for domestic assault.
  • On Feb. 5 at around 8:30 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 near the intersection of Dog Team Road in New Haven after observing a motor vehicle violation. Troopers ended up citing Susan Hennessey, 58, of Montpelier for driving under the influence.
  • On Feb. 3 closed Route 22A in Orwell for eight hours beginning at around 1 p.m. Police report that a traffic accident near the Benson town line resulted in both lanes being closed, but they did not provide details on the crash.

Similarly, police closed Route 22A in Addison near Farr Cross Road that same day, Feb. 3, for an hour and a quarter beginning at around 8 p.m. Police also blamed a motor vehicle crash and did not provide details.

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