Vergennes Police Log: Fender-bender ends with DUI

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday, May 22, cited a Waterford resident for driving under the influence of alcohol following a morning fender-bender outside the Small City Market.

Police allege that Felicia M. Villeneuve, 33, officially tested for a blood-alcohol content of 0.289 at 1 p.m. Shortly after the accident on the scene at about 11 a.m. they alleged she registered a BAC of 0.403. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

As well as releasing Villeneuve into the custody of a sober acquaintance, police said they also called the city’s animal control officer to remove two dogs from her over-heating vehicle. They were taken to the Addison County Humane Society, police said.

In other action between May 16 and 22, Vergennes police also conducted five patrols by cruiser and two on foot, one traffic stop, and two VIN inspections; took four sets of pre-employment fingerprints; responded to one false alarm and one 911 hang-up call; and also:

On May 16:

  • Responded to an unfounded report of neighbors being unruly outside a Main Street apartment.
  • Worked with Vergennes Union High School administrators and a family member to come up with a plan to help a student having trouble cooperating with school officials and teachers.
  • Took a report that sometime since December a plate had been stolen from a utility trailer parked at a Crosby Court home.
  • Worked with VUHS administrators to investigate a threat against female VUHS teachers written on a school bathroom wall.
  • Helped Vermont State Police by responding to a minor Monkton Road accident involving a car and a motorcycle.
  • Checked the welfare of a Walker Avenue resident, who was found to be OK.
  • Tried to serve a subpoena on a Green Street resident, but learned he had moved.

On May 17:

  • Responded to a report of ongoing traffic infractions at the corner of Monkton Road and Main Street by stepping up patrols at the intersection.
  • Calmed a Walker Avenue resident who was standing on her deck and yelling.

On May 18:

  • Worked with VUHS administrators and counselors to come up with a plan to deal with a problematic student.
  • Went to Falls Park after a report of an unruly child running loose almost being hit by a car. Police said he was with a man trying to fix a broken-down truck, and a family member had removed the child from the scene.

On May 19, after being alerted of an erratic driver southbound on Route 7, found the driver in the city and helped state police process her for DUI-drugs. City police said VSP also cited her for driving with a criminally suspended license.

On May 20:

  • Helped a Northlands Job Corps student who had received an online threat from a Brattleboro resident. Police said it involved a misunderstanding involving another student, and also advised the complainant to block the third party.
  • Responded to a report of a young female in distress on Church Street and determined the call was unfounded.

On May 21 warned the Main Street owner of a dog that was reported to have attacked another dog while running loose.

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