Vergennes Police Log: Man allegedly forced car off road, attacked them

VERGENNES — Vergennes police allege that a man on Sunday forced a car driven by his mother and stepfather to pull over on Main Street and then attacked them and their vehicle. They said he then chased them when they drove off and found a nearby city police officer on patrol. 

As we went to press, police were preparing a series of charges, one of them a felony. 

Police said they would identify the man when they filed charges of unlawful mischief, a felony count because of the amount of damage done to his parents’ vehicle; domestic assault; grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle; disorderly conduct; and reckless endangerment. 

Police allege the man, after he forced the vehicle to pull over across from the city green, jumped out of his vehicle and onto the hood of the vehicle occupied by his parents and kicked in its windshield before hopping onto its roof and jumping up and down on it. When his parents drove off, they allege he further pursued the vehicle in his vehicle until they came across the city cruiser occupied by an officer, who then made the arrest.

The Independent plans to identify the suspect in next week’s edition.

In other action between May 1 and 7, city police conducted 17 patrols by cruiser, four property watches and nine traffic stops; fingerprinted eight job applicants; and also:

On May 2 helped Vermont State Police find a man who was missing and reported to be dealing with mental health issues. A city officer found him on Main Street.

On May 3:

• On behalf of state police checked out a report of a possible domestic dispute on Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh, but found no issue.

• Responded to a one-car accident in which a car swerved and damaged a mailbox on Hopkins Road.

• Escorted Vergennes Union Elementary School pupils on their weekly Walk To School day.

On May 4:

• Heard from a Green Street resident that a contractor who had been paid $17,000 to make home improvements had not shown up for months and was not responding to efforts to make contact; police said the case is under investigation.

• Heard a complaint from two Macdonough Drive juveniles that two men had demanded a backpack from them in a threatening manner; police advised them to call if the men returned.

On May 5:

• On behalf of state police checked an unfounded report that the crossbar at the nearby Route 7 railroad crossing was malfunctioning.

• On behalf of a concerned citizen checked the welfare of a young woman walking a dog on the city green, but found no problem.

On May 7 checked a report of a car parked near the rear of VUES; it was gone upon arrival. 

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