Vermont State Police Log for May 5

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to six motor vehicle crashes in the past week. Fortunately troopers reported minor or no injuries in all of the incidents, but they cited three operators for driving under the influence (DUI) and issued tickets in other incidents.

In the first case, state police on April 26 at 7:21 p.m. responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Pond Road near the Monkton Road in Monkton and eventually issued a citation for DUI.

Troopers later found the vehicle at a Pond Road home and identified the driver as Paul E. Malzac, 63, of Monkton.

While speaking with Malzac, police detected indicators of impairment. They screened him for DUI, arrested him and took him to the New Haven barracks for processing. Police cited Malzac for DUI, second offense, and released him to a sober party.

Then on April 28 at a few minutes before 4 a.m. troopers responded to a report of a one-car crash with possible injury on Route 22A in Orwell. Police reported that Isaac Ng, 18, of South Burlington was driving a 2021 Ford Fusion northbound on the highway when he entered a curve and was unable to maintain control of his vehicle. The Ford left the northbound lane of Route 22A and came to rest approximately 50 feet off the northbound shoulder. No injuries were reported; Ng was wearing a seat belt. VSP said a traffic ticket was pending.

Almost 24 hours later, at about 3:23 a.m. on April 29, state police went to a one-car crash at the intersection of Route 22A and Short Street in Bridport. Police said the driver and sole occupant, identified as Jacob Cribbs, 34, of Shelburne, fell asleep while driving northbound on Route 22A and his Jeep left the roadway and struck a stop sign.

Cribbs was transported by Middlebury Regional EMS to Porter Medical Center for suspected minor injuries, and Short Street was closed to traffic for approximately one hour. Neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors in this crash, police said, but they later issued Cribbs a traffic ticket.

State police were assisted on scene by members of the Bridport Fire Department.

Later that day, at about 4:25 p.m., troopers responded to a report of a head-on collision on Monkton Ridge near States Prison Hollow Road in Monkton. Police said a 2009 Toyota Tacoma driven by Joseph Knipes, 53, of Ferrisburgh was southbound on Monkton Ridge and crossed into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a 2018 Ford driven by Daniel Moyer, 42, of Berlin.

After the collision the Tacoma left the roadway and struck a column on the Monkton Friends Methodist Church building.

No one was injured in this incident. Traffic was reduced to one lane for a while.

While speaking with Knipes, troopers detected indicators of impairment and, after screening him, cited Knipes for DUI, third offense. A traffic ticket is also pending.

Troopers were assisted by the Monkton Fire Department, Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Vergennes Police Department and Dupont Auto.

A separate two-vehicle crash occurred on April 30 at around a quarter to 8 p.m. on Route 17 near Green Street in Waltham. Troopers report that Shelbey Haskins, 25, of Rutland was driving a 2019 Jeep Cherokee southbound on Green Street, disregarded a stop sign and entered the intersection without stopping. As a result, the Jeep struck a 2014 GMC Sierra broadside. The Sierra, driven by Michael Farrar, 43, of Chester, had been traveling eastbound on Route 17.

Haskins sustained suspected minor injuries in the crash and was transported to UVM Medical Center. No injuries were reported for Farrar. Both vehicles were considered total losses.

The Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Vergennes Fire Department and Bristol Rescue Squad.

A traffic ticker was pending.

Finally, on May 2 at a little after 5 p.m., troopers checked out a one-car crash on Quaker Street in Lincoln. After looking into the incident, police cited Lance Lattrell, 79, of Lincoln for DUI.

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