Vergennes Police Log: City police cite minor for DUI

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on March 17 cited a 20-year-old Hyde Park resident for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police responded to a complaint from the driver of a car parked in Falls Park that another motorist’s vehicle had almost struck his, and that the driver appeared to have an open bottle of Smirnoff vodka.

Police arrived and saw the operator, Anna Draper, allegedly did have an open bottle of vodka in her vehicle, and they alleged she failed roadside sobriety testing before an evidentiary test indicated a blood-alcohol content of 0.094%. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

Police cited Draper for DUI, ticketed her for possession of an open container of alcohol, and issued her court diversion paperwork for being a minor in possession of alcohol. They said a male friend drove her home.

Vergennes police between March 14 and 20 also conducted 10 patrols by cruiser and two on foot, and:

On March 14, counseled a Walker Avenue resident who was having a dispute with another person.

On March 15:

  • Provided a room for South Burlington police to conduct interviews with city residents who were witnesses in an ongoing investigation in that community.
  • Responded to a report of a profane anti-Semitic remark being written in mud on a car parked on East Street. It was gone when police arrived, and they said they have no leads to pursue as of earlier this week.
  • Searched unsuccessfully for a car being driven by a Northlands Job Corps employee who was allegedly impaired.

On March 16:

  • Checked the welfare of a Green Street resident who was late for work and determined she was OK.
  • Responded, along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS), to a Main Street home into which a woman experiencing a mental health crisis had wandered. Police said VARS took her to Porter Hospital.
  • Helped a High Street resident who had fallen.

On March 17:

  • Worked with Vergennes Union High School officials on a persistent truancy case.
  • Returned a Valley Vista client who showed up at the station saying she wanted a ride home to the Alden Place rehab facility, where her husband picked her up.
  • Responded to a Main Street residence along with VARS and Charlotte Rescue to help a couple experiencing mental health issues. They were taken to the UVM Medical Center, and police notified the Department for Children and Families about the matter.
  • Helped the Cheshire, N.H., police department with a sexual assault case allegedly involving a Northlands Job Corps student.

On March 18:

  • Began investigating a Kinney Drug Store shoplifting case.
  • Arranged to reunite a found wallet with its owner.

On March 19:

  • Looked into an allegation of threatening texts sent to a city business employee.
  • Responded to a one-vehicle accident on Main Street in which a small SUV struck a stone wall in front of a home.

On March 20, helped Vermont State Police respond to an incident on Stovepipe City Road in Panton.

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