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Vermont State Police Log: Speed, snow and ice cause crash

ADDISON COUNTY — The arrival of snow and ice on Sunday resulted in slippery conditions on some area roads. In one instance a truck was totaled when it went off the road in Ripton, according to Vermont State Police.

On Dec. 11 at around a quarter to 4 p.m., troopers were called to a one-vehicle crash on Route 125 west of Ripton village. State police report that Kory Wagner, 36, of Granville was driving a 2012 Ford pickup eastbound on the icy and snowy Route 125 at approximately 45 mph when he lost control of his vehicle and crash into the ledge adjacent to the road in that windy stretch.

Wagner was not injured, but state police issued him a ticket for imprudent speed.

Middlebury police and Vermont Agency of Transportation personnel helped out state police on the scene.

Days earlier, before the snowfall, a teenage driver was involved in a crash in heavy fog and rain. On Dec. 7 at around 5:30 p.m. the 17-year-old from Bristol state police were notified of the one-vehicle crash on the Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester.

Police report that the eastbound 2008 Toyota 4Runner left the road and struck a tree. The driver and two teenage passengers reportedly sustained minor injuries. Members of the Brandon Fire Department and Brandon Area Rescue Squad provided assistance.

The Vermont State Police would like to remind drivers to wear their seat belts, slow down and provide extra travel time during the winter months.

In other recent activity, troopers 

• On Dec. 9 at a few minutes before midnight responded to a report of a disturbance outside a home in the Varney Hill Road area of Starksboro. After investigating, police said they surmised that Daniel LaScala-O’Keefe, 30, of Burlington was making unreasonable noise outside the residence and refused to leave after being asked to do so several times. Police cited LaScala-O’Keefe for unlawful trespassing and disorderly conduct, and issued him a notice against trespassing at the home.

• On Dec. 10 just before 10 p.m. stopped a vehicle on Route 7 near Lime Kiln Road in New Haven after observing a motor vehicle violation. After seeing signs of impairment in the driver, identified as Jacob Burmania, 28, of Middlebury, the trooper screened him, arrested him and took him to the Vergennes Police Department for processing and to undergo a drug influence evaluation. Police ultimately cited Burmania for driving under the influence of drugs and also issued him a traffic ticket.

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