Middlebury Police Log: Hit-and-run driver cited for DUI

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Ariel Goddard, 31, of Woodstock for driving under the influence (second offense), leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment, following an investigation into a reported hit-and-run accident in the Jackson Lane area on April 11.

Police said they measured Goddard’s blood-alcohol level at 0.207%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

  • Checked on the welfare of a juvenile who had called the Counseling Service of Addison County’s (CSAC) “crisis line” on April 11. Police determined the youth was safe.
  • Referred a woman to CSAC to get help with emotional problems on April 11.
  • Responded to a disturbance at the Charter House Emergency Shelter on North Pleasant Street on April 12.
  • Checked on the welfare of a local man who had allegedly reported thoughts of self-harm online on April 12.
  • Responded to a report of a drunken driver on Water Street on April 12. Police said the driver had left by their arrival.
  • Received a complaint from a new local resident on April 12 who said their old license plates were being used by someone else to go through tolls in another state.
  • Collected and disposed of used syringes found at the Abbey Pond trailhead on April 13.
  • Received a report about teenagers allegedly mud-bogging and shooting firearms on a field off Middle Road south on April 14.
  • Checked on the welfare of a local person who had threatened self-harm on April 14.
  • Cited Devon R. Dempsey, 21, of East Rochester, N.Y., for excessive speed on Route 7 South at the Middlebury-Salisbury town line during the early afternoon of April 14. Police said they clocked Dempsey traveling 90 miles per hour on a road with a 50 mph limit.
  • Assisted Vermont State Police with a 911 call on South Bingham Street in Cornwall on April 14.
  • Responded to a report of a toddler left alone in a vehicle parked at a Court Street lot on April 15.
  • Assisted Vermont State Police with an incident on Snake Mountain Road in Weybridge on April 15.
  • Responded to an untimely death call at a Twin Circles home on April 16. Police said they were called to the home to do a welfare check on a person who hadn’t showed up for a recent social engagement. When they arrived, they found 78-year-old Sharon Saronson deceased. Police were assisted at the scene by Middlebury Regional EMS and an assistant medical examiner. Police said Saronson is believed to have died from natural causes.
  • Checked an East Main Street residence on April 16 at the request of the homeowner who was concerned an unwanted person might be there.
  • Assisted an Otterside Court family with a child custody issue on April 16.
  • Responded to a report of an erratic driver on Route 7 North on April 16.
  • Intervened in a dispute between two women at a Court Street residence on April; 17.
  • Helped Porter Hospital officials with a patient experiencing a mental health crisis on April 17.
  • Responded to a noise complaint at a South Pleasant Street apartment building on April 17.
  • Assisted Porter Hospital officials with a person “exhibiting behavioral concerns” on April 17.
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