Vermont State Police Log: Troopers handle major, routine incidents

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks dealt with two violent incidents between Sept. 6 and 19.

In the first incident, Neil A. Abrahamson, 36, of Vergennes was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV while he was aiding an injured animal on Route 7 late on the night of Sep. 6. Abrahamson was treated at UVM Medical Center, including surgery to repair a fractured pelvis. See a full report in the Sept. 14 edition.

Nine days later, on Friday, Sept. 15, state police were called to McKnight Lane in Waltham after a juvenile watching a fight involving two women picked up a gun dropped by 48-year-old Michelle Kilbreth and shot her multiple times. She died at the scene. See a full report on Page 1A of this edition.

Meanwhile, over that same period, troopers issued several citations for driving under the influence (DUI) and handled a traffic accident near New Haven Junction.

In the first case, troopers stopped a car just after midnight on Sept. 9 after observing a motor vehicle violation on Greenbush Road near the intersection with Stage Road in North Ferrisburgh. After talking with the driver, police cited David Parker, 47, of North Ferrisburgh for driving under the influence. They released Parker to a sober person.

In the second case, almost a whole day later, at around a quarter to midnight on Sept. 9, a trooper stopped a motor vehicle on Mt. Philo Road near the intersection of Old Hollow Road in North Ferrisburgh. Police screened Nikolai Pughe, 21, of Charlotte and cited him for DUI.

Also, on Sept. 14 at around 5:30 p.m. a trooper stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 near Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh. Police cited Nicholas Faber, 36, of Vergennes for DUI, and released him to a sober person.

Then on Sept. 16 at a little after 6:30 p.m. state police received a report of a possible impaired driver at the Jiffy Mart in at New Haven Junction. Troopers located and stopped the vehicle on Route 7 near Campground Road in New Haven. They identified the driver at Angela Carroll, 47, of Burlington.  While speaking to Carroll, Troopers observed indicators of impairment and screened Carroll for DUI. Police said Carroll briefly resisted arrest but they ultimately took her into custody, took her to the Vergennes Police Department for processing and cited Carroll for driving under the influence of drugs.

Troopers were assisted by Vergennes police.

On the traffic accident front, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at approximately 11:11 a.m., troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on Route 7 at the intersection with Route 17 in New Haven. Police report that Larry Steady, 65, of Richmond was driving a Peterbilt tractor-trailer westbound on Route 17, stopped at the intersection but failed to yield to a northbound 2023 Toyota Highlander driven on Route 7 by Terence Eagan, 53, of Sudbury. The front-end of Steady’s Peterbilt struck the side of Eagan’s Toyota and both vehicles ultimately came to positions of controlled rest.

No injuries were reported, though the Highlander was considered a total loss.

Police issued Steady a ticket for failing to obey a stop sign, which carries a fine of $162 and two points against his insurance.

Finally, also on Sept. 12, Vermont State Police updated a report from last week on a Sept. 3 crash on Route 74 near Doolittle Road in Shoreham. Police said the crash happened when a Middlebury 21-year-old attempted to pass a line of cars. This week police issued a statement saying there was not enough evidence to prove that the Middlebury driver was driving unsafely. 

In a separate sphere, state police didn’t report this, but a Front Porch Forum post reported that state police are investigating a vandalism complaint in Lincoln. A post by Sarah Farr reported that someone came to private property on Elder Hill Road on Sept. 9 at 12:38 a.m. and used a chainsaw to cut down a post with security/surveillance cameras. Farr asked anyone who had information on this incident to call state police at 802-388-4919 and ask to talk to Sgt. Shaw about case no. 23B500358. 

Finally, a trooper stopped a vehicle on Route 7 in Waltham driven by Allan Ayala, 41, of Bristol on Sept. 11 and cited him for driving with a criminally suspended license.

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