Vermont State Police Log: Traffic stop yields murder suspect

ADDISON COUNTY — Late last Wednesday, Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle for a violation and ended up holding the driver in jail until they could send him out of state to face a murder charge.

On May 27 at around a quarter to 9 p.m., troopers stopped a vehicle on Route 7 near Fern Lake Road in Leicester after seeing a moving violation. The officer checked the ID of the driver, identified him as 20-year-ld Trent Reilly Ingalls of Brandon, and found that police in Delaware had a warrant out for his arrest. 

A further search of records showed that Ingalls was wanted for first degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Police first took Ingalls to the New Haven state police barracks and then lodged him without bail at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland. Authorities expected to send him to Delaware to face those charges there.

In other recent activity, troopers

• On April 27 reported on the results of an investigation that had begun about a month before. State police on March 19 at 6:45 p.m. logged a report of a physical altercation involving multiple people at a Leicester home. After investigating, police alleged that Meghan Russell, 20, of Rutland Town assaulted an 18-year-old Leicester woman. They cited Russell for simple assault.

 On April 30 at a little after 9:30 p.m., when it was raining and wet, responded to a report of a one-car crash on Route 125 near the intersection of Maiden Lane in Ripton. Police report that William Schaefer, 49, of Hanover, N.H., was driving a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Route 125 when he collided with a snapped telephone pole that was in his lane. Schaefer was not injured, but his vehicle sustained damage to the windshield and hood, police said.

All parties were evaluated by EMS. 

Route 125 was closed for around 45 minutes. Vermont State Police were assisted by Ripton Fire and Rescue and Green Mountain Power.

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