Vermont State Police Log: Woman threatened trooper and sicced dog

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are alleging that a Ferrisburgh woman last Wednesday threatened a trooper with a gun and a chain, and then sicced her German shepherd on him.

VSP Lt. Cory Lozier reports that Trooper Armin Nukic went to a Monkton address on April 12 to issue a citation for trespassing and Natalie Huestis, 23, threatened him several ways. First, she told the police officer that she was going inside to get her .22 handgun. Then she picked up a chain and advised she would use it against him, Lozier said. 

Lastly, she ran inside and let her big German shepherd dog out, which immediately went after the trooper. 

“Thankfully, the dog only bit the trooper’s pants but caused him to trip,” Lozier told the Independent.

Nukic was not injured and he did not have to use force, but he did not take Huestis into custody.

Instead, state police secured an arrest warrant, and Huestis turned herself in to Vergennes police, who cited her on behalf of state police for assaulting a law enforcement officer, criminal threatening and unlawful trespass.

In other recent activity, troopers got a number of allegedly drunk drivers off the road and took care of a number of other incidents. Specifically, state police:

• On April 12 cited Randy McEntee, 27, of New Haven for sending false reports to police. Troopers report that for several weeks up to and including April 12 they received dozens of false reports to 911 via texts. The anonymous reports ranged from noise disturbances to suspicious persons armed with firearms, all at the Sugar House Motel located on Route 7 in New Haven. This required multiple unnecessary in-person responses by troopers and the resulting disturbance of uninvolved guests. 

On April 12 state police identified McEntee as the anonymous texter and cited him.

• On April 13 at around a quarter after 8 p.m. stopped a vehicle on Greenbush Road near the intersection with Green Meadow Lane in Ferrisburgh after seeing a motor vehicle violation. Police cited Keagan Bothwell, 19, of Charlotte for driving under the influence and driving with a criminally suspended license, and then they released him to a sober person.

• On April 15 at a quarter to 1 a.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Greenbush Road near Long Point Road in Ferrisburgh. Police said the driver initially stopped, but then sped away in a grossly negligent manner. Troopers did not pursue the vehicle, but they did investigate and determined that the driver was Trevor B. Matton, 37, of Ferrisburgh. Troopers report that Matton’s vehicle did not have an ignition interlock system as required.

Matton turned himself in at New Haven state police barracks and was cited for grossly negligent driving, driving with a criminally suspended license, eluding a police officer in a grossly negligent manner and driving without an ignition interlock system.

• On April 16 at nearly 5:30 p.m. saw a traffic violation near the intersection of Route 7 and Fern Lake Road in Leicester, stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as 55-year-old Philip Letourneau of Brandon. Police cited Letourneau for driving under the influence, fourth offense.

• On April 17 at a quarter to 9 a.m. closed Route 125 in Ripton about one mile east of the Middlebury/Ripton town line due to a crash. An ambulance was on scene and a passerby said both lanes were closed. Troopers reopened the road after about a half hour. Police gave no additional information on the crash.

• On April 18 at 7:19 p.m. saw Christopher Bridgmon, 36, enter the lands/premises of a residence on Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester. Based on previous involvements with Bridgmon, troopers knew that he had court ordered conditions of release not to be on the property. So they arrested Bridgmon, took him to the New Haven barracks and cited him for three counts of violating conditions of release.

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