Vergennes Police Log for May 5

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday cited a New York man for driving under the influence of drugs, test refusal and several other charges — including child endangerment — following an afternoon traffic stop on Panton Road.

Police said at around 1:30 p.m., they stopped Jimmy Bell, 41, of Ticonderoga for allegedly speeding, and then noticed signs of impairment. They allege Bell failed roadside sobriety tests and confiscated, for further testing, a package containing an unknown substance; charges could follow depending on those results.

Police said they cited Bell for child endangerment because his 6- and 14-year-old children were passengers; reckless endangerment because his wife was also in the car; driving with a criminally suspended license; and operating a vehicle without its owner’s consent.

Between April 25 and May 1, Vergennes police also conducted 37 other traffic stops, four patrols by cruiser and two on foot, and one VIN inspection; fingerprinted a job applicant on behalf of a third party; and also:

On April 25:

  • Checked out a report of a stranded truck on Monkton Road; it was gone when they arrived.
  • Helped the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations process a video at the station.

On April 28:

  • Helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and Valley Vista personnel calm a facility client enough so that she could be taken to detox at Porter Hospital.
  • Responded to a report of a rabid raccoon at a Bowman Road home, but couldn’t find it.

On April 29:

  • Warned a Main Street resident not to dump trash on a neighbor’s property and issued her a no-trespass order.
  • Helped VARS and Valley Vista personnel aid three facility clients who expressed suicidal feelings.

On April 30:

  • Calmed a Main Street resident who was reported to be yelling outside a neighbor’s window.
  • Responded to a third-party report of a family fight at a First Street home and discovered no evidence of abuse or violence at the scene, although police said one member of the couple was intoxicated.

On May 1, responded along with VARS to a report of a woman passed out at Macdonough Park and discovered she was sleeping and homeless. Police said she told them she was headed to southern Vermont, and they provided her a number for a Middlebury taxi company and shelter.

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