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Vergennes Police Log: New Yorker who fled police is caught

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Aug. 10 issued multiple citations to a New York resident who led them on a high-speed chase on July 24, a pursuit they eventually abandoned for safety reasons.

Police cited Moriah Wilson, 22, of Mechanicsville, N.Y., for attempting to elude police, negligent driving, and excessive speed.

Police said they used cruiser video to record the car’s license plate and find the car’s owner, who proved to be the operator’s mother, and she cooperated with the investigation.

City police on July 24 said they were alerted to the case first by a citizen report of erratic driving on Jersey Street in Panton. Police were told the driver was a woman who was allegedly waving a vodka bottle out the car’s window. They located the vehicle on Panton Road, and said it pulled to a stop on North Main Street.

As police left the cruiser to speak with the driver, she’s alleged to have taken off again, heading along Route 7 and then onto Monkton and Clark Woods roads in Ferrisburgh. Police allege Wilson’s vehicle hit 84 mph before they opted to stop pursuit for their own safety and alert other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout.

In other action between Aug. 8 and 14, Vergennes police conducted four patrols by foot, four by cruiser, and 13 traffic stops; fingerprinted three job applicants; and:

On Aug. 8:

• Investigated a report from a Kinney Drugs employee of a theft the store had just discovered dating back to July 24. Using video, police identified a woman who stole $11.49 of contact lens solution, and said she acknowledged the offense. After consultation with the state’s attorney’s office a deal was reached to allow the woman to pay for the item. She was also issued a no-trespass order.

• Talked to a Shelburne resident who had pulled over on Main Street and was reported to have possibly been intoxicated when she left a Ferrisburgh residence with two children in her vehicle. Police at the scene became more concerned with her allegations of physical abuse by her husband and the fact she became uncooperative and combative when they tried to help her. They said they ultimately could find no evidence of abuse and found her a ride home with a relative.

On Aug. 10, dealt with a minor two-car accident on Main Street.

On Aug. 11:

• Handled a two-car accident on Main Street with significant damage to the vehicles, but no injuries.

• Discussed with Hillside Acres apartment neighbors whether one’s security cameras invaded the privacy of the other.

On Aug. 12:

• Mediated issues between Armory Lane neighbors that included whether one was becoming too friendly with the other’s daughter.

• Dealt with a minor two-car accident on South Maple Street.

On Aug. 13, investigated a vehicle bumping a pedestrian at the National Bank of Middlebury on Green Street. Police said the case remains under investigation, but the pedestrian was unhurt and the contact was deemed inadvertent.

On Aug. 14:

• Checked the welfare of a South Maple Street resident and found all to be OK.

• On behalf of Vermont State Police, checked a report of a reportedly drunken man with a bottle of liquor in the middle of Basin Harbor Road in Panton, but found no one.

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