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Vergennes Police Log: Unresponsive driver cited for DUI

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on March 16 cited a Middlebury man for driving under the influence of alcohol and violating conditions of release after allegedly finding him unresponsive behind the wheel of a Ford SUV along Main Street.

Police said they cited Justin Miller, 32, after discovering him in that condition a little after 5:15 p.m. that Thursday. They allege that according to an evidentiary test his blood-alcohol content was 0.295, between three and four times the legal limit for driving a vehicle. 

Police cited him at the station and released him to a sober individual. 

Between March 13 and 17, Vergennes police also conducted 16 motorized patrols, 15 traffic stops and one VIN inspection; responded to an inadvertent 911 call; ticketed two cars left out on city streets in violation of the Vergennes wintertime overnight parking ban; and also:

On March 13:

• Responded to a one-vehicle accident on West Main Street.

• Took a report from a West Main Street landlord of an ongoing dispute among tenants.

• Checked on the welfare of a Walker Avenue resident on behalf of Age Well. Police said the resident told them that then and later in a March 17 phone call she was concerned about lack of help with a number of issues, and they tried to reassure her Age Well was doing what it could to aid her. 

• Took a report that a pair of pants was on fire at the entrance to First Street. Police said city firefighters put out the blazing trousers, and they suspect who might have set the fire, but the case remains open. 

On March 14:

• Took a call from a man who wanted to make it clear he was not violating a restraining order by making contact with the mother of his daughter. The caller said his daughter reached out to him on a video call, and her mother happened to be on the scene. Police said the woman confirmed his story. 

• Backed up Vermont State Police at a Monkton family dispute; troopers and city police calmed the scene and before they left made sure all would remain safe. 

On March 16 had a young woman transported to Porter Hospital after she had been refused admittance to the Valley Vista rehabilitation center for being impaired and disruptive. Police said she was being driven home to Rutland by two acquaintances and was still in Vergennes when one of the acquaintances called and told them she was out of control and they needed help.

On March 17 helped state police and the Department of Homeland Security with the investigation of a Bristol fraud case that led to an arrest. 

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