Vergennes Police Log for Mar. 9

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on March 3 helped Vermont State Police do a preliminary evaluation of a driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs when his vehicle went off the road in Charlotte and struck a utility pole. 

City police said state police requested a Vergennes Drug Recognition expert meet them at the Vergennes Police Station to assess the suspect, who troopers then cited for DUI-drugs pending a hospital blood test. See Vermont State Police log for more details of the case. 

In other action between Feb. 27 and March 5, Vergennes police conducted six directed patrols, including several to monitor morning drop-offs at Vergennes Union Elementary School and greet students; conducted two downtown foot patrols, three traffic stops, one property watch and three VIN inspections; responded to a false alarm; and also:

On Feb. 27:

• Heard from a Hopkins Road resident that he found footprints in the snow around his car in the morning, apparent evidence of an attempted break-in. 

• Were told by the owner of a nearby Hillside Acres home that a car had been entered and loose change stolen. Police believe these two incidents are probably linked.

• Heard a complaint from a relative of a hospitalized woman that other relatives were stealing items from her home. Police said the relatives were picking up items for the woman. 

On Feb. 28:

• During a snowstorm ticketed a car left out overnight in violation of the city’s wintertime parking ban and ordered it towed.

• Responded to an Alden Place condo along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to help an elderly person who often falls and almost as often does not cooperate. Police and VARS made two more visits last week, and police continue to work with social service agencies to try to find her more suitable housing.

• Dealt with a one-car crash on West Main Street in which a vehicle left the road, went airborne and struck and damaged a tree and other landscaping. Police said the driver was injured badly enough to be taken to the UVM Medical Center, and that they believed “fatigue and speed” appeared to be factors in the accident.

• Checked out half of a High Street duplex for signs of a possible break-in at the request of the occupant of the other half, but found no problem.

On March 1:

• Found an unsecured downtown business on patrol and notified the owner.

• Guarded a crosswalk during VUES Walk-to-School Day. 

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