Vergennes Police Log: Intoxicated pugilists show up at police HQ

VERGENNES — Vergennes police didn’t have to travel far on May 5 to issue multiple citations to three people, including one for drunk driving, two for possession of cocaine, one for simple assault, and one for unlawful mischief. Police also ticketed two minors for possession of alcohol.

At 9:48 p.m. on that Thursday, a pickup truck towing a boat pulled into the North Main Street police station’s parking lot with two passengers. One person knocked on the station door, and police said they could hear sounds of a fight outside.

Police went outside and found Anna Draper, 20, of Hyde Park, sitting in the boat with blood on her hands that police allege came from a broken glass bong.

They eventually cited the driver, Donovan Lamothe, 22, of Panton, for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of cocaine.

Police cited Draper for simple assault, alleging she kicked Lamothe in the head and bit him; for unlawful mischief, alleging she broke one of his truck’s door handles; and for possession of cocaine. They then ticketed Draper and the third person, Tegan Ross, 20, of Williston, for possession of alcohol by a minor.

Police wouldn’t speculate on why Lamothe pulled into the police station.

Between May 2 and 8, Vergennes police also conducted 16 traffic stops, three foot patrols and a VIN inspection, and also:

On May 3:

  • Responded to a report of a woman driving a pickup truck back and forth in front of a Northlands Job Corps building and threatening and upsetting a female center employee with texts. Police calmed both parties.
  • Calmed an arguing parent and teen at a city home and recommended family counseling.
  • Checked out a report of two men sitting for hours in a vehicle near the Peoples United Bank downtown, causing employees to be concerned. Police learned they were delivering equipment to the bank and were waiting for an installer.

On May 5, attempted to serve a relief-from-abuse order on a Valley Vista client, but learned she’d been dismissed from the facility.

On May 8, responded to a Main Street apartment building when told a woman was yelling for help out of a second-story window. When police arrived, they smelled smoke and also met a family member there who was seeking to remove children from the apartment. The woman who had been yelling, according to police, was drunk, claiming her children were attacking her. The woman denied starting a fire and refused assistance, police said. The children left with the family member, and police informed the Department for Children & Families of the situation.

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