Vermont State Police Log: Crashes, drunk driving keep police busy

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police reported several automobile crashes, some drunk driving incidents and a missing person case over the past fortnight.

Between June 6 and 21 troopers:

  • Updated a report on a June 3 crash in Ripton on Route 125 near Upper Plains Road. When police got to the scene of the 10:30 p.m. crash no one was there. But now state police say they determined that the driver was 45-year-old Armistice Ryan of East Fairfield. Police say he was driving negligently and they cited him for leaving his lane.
  • On June 6 at 8:10 p.m. looked into a report of an impaired driver who stopped at a residence on South Street in New Haven. Troopers found the vehicle parked in the driveway and identified the driver as Ronald Gorton Jr., 51, of Bridport. Police cited Gorton for driving under the influence, second offense, and for driving with a criminally suspended license.
  • On June 8 at 9:03 a.m. responded to a call from a Hancock man reporting that he had been assaulted and needed help. Police determined that Nathaniel Natoli, 48, of Florence had assaulted the Hancock man and stole something from the residence. They cited Natoli for aggravated assault, assault, robbery and trespassing. A few months later there is an update to this case: Natoli has asked the court to dismiss the charges in this case and is awaiting a decision. He has some reason to be hopeful that the charges will be dismissed because another Vermont court has dismissed charges against him in a case involving an accuser related to this incident.
  • On June 12 at 6:30 p.m. logged a report that a vehicle had struck a mailbox on Route 116 south of Bristol village and then left the scene, a report that led to several charges. Troopers found the vehicle and said the driver showed signs of intoxication. They said Shain Sargent, 21, of Bristol became belligerent and intentionally broke a set of handcuffs while they were processing him. Ultimately, police cited Sargent for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful mischief, and then they took him to the Act 1 detox center in Burlington.
  • On June 8 at 11:23 p.m. responded to a report of a car parked in the middle of the intersection of Halpin Road and River Road in New Haven. Troopers found the vehicle, identified the driver as Ethan Rogers, 24, of Pomfret Center, Conn., and cited him for driving under the influence of drugs.
  • On June 11 at around 9:30 p.m. got a call from a driver on Hollow Road near Higbee Road in Monkton reporting that she was tailgated and verbally assaulted by an unknown man driving a car on the same road; she provided the car’s license plate number. Around the same time, troopers got a report from an off-duty Middlebury police officer in a similar incident with that unknown man and the same Vermont license plate.

Troopers investigated and ended up citing Dakota Yankton, 36, of Bristol for disorderly conduct.

  • On June 18 at around 1:15 a.m. went to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Lincoln Gap Road near Geary Road in Lincoln. Police report that Nolan Whitcomb, 20, of Lincoln drove too fast for conditions on a dirt road, lost control of the 2019 Chevy Silverado he was driving and crashed head-on with a 2019 GMC Yukon driven by Christopher Hart, 30 of Fair Haven. No one was injured but both vehicles were totaled. Police said that after the crash, Hart violently threatened Whitcomb. Troopers issued Whitcomb a ticket for driving too fast for conditions, and they cited Hart for a criminal count of disorderly conduct.
  • On June 20 at a few minutes before 4 p.m. were notified of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease missing from South Middlebrook Road in Waltham. State police gathered initial information about Robert Companion, 70, of Waltham and went looking for him, but could not find him. As the search continued, troopers asked the public to be on the lookout for Companion and, if they had any helpful information to contact the New Haven barracks at 802-388- 4919, or provide an anonymous tip online at As of press time no update was available.
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