Vermont State Police Log: Troopers handle DUI, car accidents, search for teen

ADDISON COUNTY — In addition to dealing with a number of traffic accidents and a driving-while-intoxicated case this past week, Vermont State Police were also helped in the search for a missing Middlebury teenager. 

Middlebury police began the search efforts and on Thursday, March 30, and brought in state police, along with a state police search and rescue team, search dog and unmanned aircraft searchers. VSP’s Underwater Recovery Team joined in the search effort on Friday, March 31.

As of this writing, Ball had not been found. 

Anyone who has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Middlebury police at 802-388-3191 or the Vermont State Police at 802-388-4919. Anonymous tips may be provided by visiting

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On March 29 at around 9 a.m., closed both lanes of Route 22A in Addison between Whitford and Gage roads due to a tractor-trailer crash. The road was closed for less than an hour, and police didn’t provide any more information on the crash.

• On March 31 at around 7:15 p.m., responded to one-car crash on Route 22A near the intersection with Hemenway Road in Bridport. Police said Adam Eller, 30, of New York City, was driving a 2022 Ford Explorer northbound on the highway when the SUV crossed the centerline, overturned and struck a telephone pole off the southbound lane. 

No injuries were reported, but the Ford was a total loss.

Police said the vehicle was going too fast for the wet road conditions. They ticketed Eller for driving an unreasonable speed.

• On April 1 at around 8:45 a.m., were sent to the Short Stop gas station off Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh on a report that a man was unconscious in his vehicle in the parking lot. Police ultimately cited Christopher Handy, 39, of Burlington for driving under the influence of drugs. Troopers were assisted by members of the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery.

• On April 2 at 1:49 a.m., rushed to the scene of a one-car crash on Route 7 near Hunt Road in New Haven. Police said a 2005 Toyota Tacoma was southbound when it crossed the centerline, left the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned.  Driver Victor Espiritua, 19, of New Haven was wearing a seatbelt and was taken to Porter Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Police cited Expiritua for driving under the influence and ticketed him for a traffic violation and for underage drinking.

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