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Vermont State Police Log: Citations follow 100-mph-plus driving

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police said they cited a Pennsylvania man after they clocked him driving his car through Addison County this past Saturday morning at more than twice the posted speed limit.

The speed limit was 50 mph.

Police say that troopers were conducting speed enforcement on Route 22A near Hemenway Road in Bridport at around 1:30 a.m. on April 22, when an officer’s radar caught a white sedan driven by John Garcia, 20, of Allentown, Pa., traveling at 113 mph, or 63 mph above the speed limit. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle but Garcia did not pull over; troopers did not pursue the vehicle.

The vehicle was later stopped in Vergennes, where police found two passengers in the car with Garcia. Authorities took Garcia to the Vergennes Police Department for processing. They cited Garcia for negligent driving and two counts of reckless endangerment. They also issued him a speeding ticket that upon conviction carries a fine of $917 and two points on the driver’s insurance.

Vermont State Police were assisted by Vergennes police.

In another notable early morning case involving multiple citations, on April 20 at 2:13 a.m. state police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Swinington Hill Road near the intersection with Cram Road in Leicester. Troopers later learned there were in fact two vehicles involved, one of which fled the scene.

Initial investigation indicates that Travis Hornbeck, 25, of Shoreham was driving a 2019 Ram 150 pickup southbound on Swinington Hill Road while the unidentified vehicle was traveling northbound, crossed into the southbound lane, causing Hornbeck’s truck to enter the northbound lane in an attempt to avoid a collision.

Police report that the unidentified vehicle sideswiped Hornbeck’s pickup, causing it to leave the roadway and strike a tree. The other vehicle fled. The pickup was a total loss, and police said Horneck was not wearing a seatbelt.

First responders extracted Hornbeck from his vehicle and took him to UVM Medical Center with suspected head injuries.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Middlebury police, the Brandon Area Rescue Squad and the  Salisbury Fire Department. Anyone with information related to this crash is asked to contact the New Haven barracks.

Through investigation, troopers on Monday, April 24, located the driver of the second vehicle, and troopers identified him as 35-year-old Scott Lanpher of Leicester. Hornbeck and Lanpher apparently had met before the crash, and police allege that Hornbeck accused Lanpher of owing him money.

As police reconstructed it, Hornbeck followed Lanpher with the idea of confronting him; both vehicles were headed southbound on Swinington Hill Road when Hornbeck’s pickup crossed into the northbound lane next to Lanpher’s 2014 Ford Fiesta, and made contact, causing both vehicles to leave the road. That’s when the pickup hit the tree head-on; Lanpher in his Fiesta drove off.

State police cited Hornbeck for grossly negligent driving, and they cited Lanpher for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

Both men also received traffic tickets — Hornbeck for driving on the wrong side of the road, and Lanpher for driving without a valid license.

In other recent activity, troopers:

  • On April 14 at around a quarter to 9 a.m. responded to the Short Stop gas station on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh for a reported theft. Troopers spoke with an employee, who reported that a man and woman stole several items.

The unidentified woman reportedly entered the store and took a hoodie off the shelf and put it on. She then placed several items inside the hoodie while exiting without paying for the items. An employee from the gas station followed the woman outside and allegedly she entered a vehicle driven by a man who was identified as Wayne Aiken, 51, of Ferrisburgh. The employee attempted to stop Aiken from leaving after he was told to give the items back, but he refused to stop.

State police found Aiken in Charlotte April 19 and cited him for retail theft and driving with a criminally suspended license. Aiken refused to tell police the name of the woman.

State Police are still trying to identify the woman; if you have any information on her identity, call the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.

  • On April 17 at around 9:30 a.m. logged a report that someone was trespassing and in violation of an abuse prevention order at a home in the North Camp Road neighborhood of Monkton. After investigating, police cited John Gargano, 67, for unlawful trespass and violation of an abuse prevention order.
  • On April 18 at a little after 6 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Christopher Laflam, 37, of Salisbury on Route 7 near Lime Kiln Road in New Haven. The officer cited Laflam for driving with a criminally suspended license.
  • On April 23 shortly before 3:30 p.m. logged a report of an assault at a Leicester home. Police report that Dominique Colford, 23, of Leicester assaulted a 25-year-old from Middlebury. Police cited Colford for simple assault.
  • On April 24 at a few minutes after 3 p.m. looked into a vandalism complaint on Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester. Police investigated and as a result cited Christopher G. Bridgmon, 36, of Leicester for violated his conditions of release and for unlawful mischief by damaging a neighbor’s property. Bridgmon was released with an order to answer the charges in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on June 19.

This was not the first time that troopers had come across Bridgmon. They cited him for violating conditions of release three times in the first week of January, again later in the month, and again on April 18.

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