Vergennes Police Log: Sleeping man cited with DUI

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 6 cited a man for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after they came across him asleep in a car in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot. Police said the car was also parked awkwardly across two parking spaces.

Cited was Eric F. Alger, 56. Police described him as most likely homeless, with a last known address in Salisbury. They alleged there was drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, and that Alger acknowledged driving to the parking lot.

In other action between July 4 and 10, Vergennes police conducted 22 traffic stops, six patrols by cruiser, two patrols on foot and one property watch; fingerprinted one job applicant; responded to one false alarm and one 911 hang-up call; and also:

On July 4 mediated a dispute between a parent and child at a Main Street residence that centered on access to a joint bank account.

On July 5 took a report of possible vandalism in the yard of a First Street home.

On July 6 mediated a custody dispute on Hillside Drive between a father and stepmother.

On July 7 cited by mail the owner of two dogs running loose in the White and Cataract streets area; the dogs were allegedly acting in a threatening manner toward a neighbor and the city animal control officer. Police could not reach the owner in person and said the dogs were repeat offenders.

On July 8 accepted a wallet found downtown by a citizen and arranged for its return to its owner.

On July 10:

  • Responded to a report of a burning tree on St. Peter’s Catholic Church property. Police said firefighters determined mulch spontaneously combusted.
  • Helped Bristol police process a driving under the influence arrest at the city station.
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