Vermont State Police Log: Rutland driver cited for DUI after hitting a tree

ADDISON COUNTY — The most serious criminal allegation leveled by troopers at the New Haven barracks of the Vermont State Police between May 9 and 15 were a pair of drunken driving charges that were levied within about a half an hour of each other.

In the first incident, state police officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Lake Dunmore Road near Fern Lake Road in Leicester at about a quarter to 8 p.m. on May 9. They said that Alyssa Carey, 22, of Rutland was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup truck eastbound on Lake Dunmore Road when it went off the street, struck a tree and crashed onto its right side.

Police said Carey sustained minor injuries and the pickup was a total loss.

While speaking with Carey, troopers detected indicators of impairment, screened her for drunken driving, arrested her and took her to the New Haven barracks for processing. 

At the conclusion of processing, Carey was released to a sober person with a citation for driving under the influence, first offense.

Then, at around a quarter passed 8 p.m. on that same Tuesday evening, troopers stopped a vehicle driven by Ronald Gorton Jr., 52, of Bridport. The stop was in Middlebury on Route 7/North Pleasant Street near Seminary Street. Police said the reason for the stop was an observed motor vehicle violation.

A quick check of the Department of Motor Vehicles database showed the trooper that Gorton’s license was suspended.

While speaking with Gorton, troopers detected indicators of impairment, so they screened him for drunken driving, arrested him and took him to the New Haven barracks for processing. After citing Gorton for driving under the influence, third offense, and driving with a criminally suspended license, state police released him to a sober person.

Separately, troopers were conducting speed enforcement near the intersection of Route 7 and West Salisbury Road in Salisbury this past Friday evening when, at just before 10:30 p.m., they saw a black sedan fly by going 100 mph southbound on Route 7; the speed was confirmed via radar. Police stopped the sedan without incident and cited Lawrence Severy, 57, of Brandon for driving with excessive speed — 51 mph over the speed limit.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Middlebury police.

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