Vergennes Police Log: Driver of moped cited for DUI

VERGENNES — Vergennes police this past Saturday, Oct. 29, cited a city resident for driving a moped on South Water Street under the influence of alcohol.

City police allege that Jeremiah Delorme, 26, had an evidentiary blood-alcohol test of 0.210 not long after he pulled into the parking lot of the Maplefields convenience store at 6:30 p.m.; the legal BAC limit for driving is 0.08. Police said he did not use the moped’s headlights or taillights despite the gathering darkness. Police also allege Delorme failed roadside sobriety testing that evening before they processed him for DUI and cited him.

In other action between Oct. 24 and 30, Vergennes police conducted four traffic stops, one patrol by cruiser and one VIN inspection; responded to one false alarm and one inadvertent 911 call; fingerprinted four job applicants; and also:

On Oct. 24:

• Took a report of a fender-bender in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.

• Were told two signs opposing the proposed local school merger were stolen from a School Street lawn.

• Conducted a welfare check on an elderly Panton Road resident, who was found to be OK.

On Oct. 25:

• Were informed by the Department for Children and Families that a Vergennes Union Elementary School student had written down threats of violence against a former student of the school. Police said school and DCF officials and the student’s family were handling the situation and keeping police in the loop.

• On behalf of Middlebury police looked for four people at the Valley Vista rehab facility at Alden Place, but learned they were not there.

On Oct. 27 helped Vermont State Police by providing a department Drug Recognition Expert at the city police station to evaluate an impaired driver.

On Oct. 29 spoke to the owner of a pickup truck who was reportedly parking it regularly in the Macdonough Drive Park and told him not to park on adjacent private property or leave the truck in the park after dark.

On Oct. 30 cited Patrick Durfee, 44, of Vergennes to appear in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to answer to an outstanding warrant for failing to appear to an earlier summons. Police said they spotted Durfee in the Shaw’s parking lot and cited him because they were aware of the warrant.

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