Vermont State Police Log: Four cited for driving under the influence

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police issued a series of driving under the influence (DUI) citations in recent action, as well as sought the public’s help in identifying burglars who stole merchandise from a Bristol store.

On April 24, troopers operating out of the New Haven barracks asked for the public’s help in finding out who broke into and robbed the Bristol Country Store on Route 116 South in Bristol. Two people broke through a glass door at the store at around 4:21 a.m. on April 16, police reported, and stole approximately $4,136 worth of vaping products. Video surveillance at the store captured two suspects entering the store and stealing items. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact state police at 802-388-4919 or submit an anonymous tip at

The first of four DUI incidents occurred on April 24, when, at a quarter after 8 p.m., a trooper stopped a vehicle on Route 22A at Cross Road in Bridport for allegedly speeding 87 mph in a 50 mph zone. During the traffic stop, the officer observed signs of impairment on the operator, and cited Derrick A. Morin, 40, of Benson for DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Then state police issued three DUI citations on April 28. The first came just after 1:30 a.m., when troopers located a disabled vehicle on Route 7 in Leicester and discovered that the driver, later identified as 37-year-old Luis Chipantiza of Pittsford, was asleep in the driver’s seat while the vehicle was running. Troopers observed signs of impairment and cited Chipantiza for DUI.

Later that morning, just before 10 a.m., officers responded to a report of a one-car rollover crash on North Street, north of Route 17 in New Haven. Police report that Janet Hood, 74, of New Haven was driving a 2016 Nissan Sentra southbound on North Street, struck a tree off the south bound lane, and overturned onto its side. While speaking with Hood, troopers detected indicators of drug impairment and cited her for driving under the influence of drugs and negligent driving.

The Bristol Rescue Squad took Hood to Porter Medical Center for treatment of suspected minor injuries.

Troopers were assisted by members of the Vergennes Police Department and the New Haven Fire Department.

Finally, at approximately 6:37 p.m. state police observed multiple motor vehicle violations on Route 116 near Meehan Road in Bristol and stopped the car. They identified the driver as Michael H. Ryan, 35, of Williston, and noted indicators of impairment. Police cited Ryan for DUI, third offense, refusal, and for driving a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

In another incident on local road, troopers responded to a one-car crash on Boro Hill Road in Monkton on April 26 at around 2:21 a.m. Police report that a 16-year-old from New Haven was driving a 2009 Subaru Outback that rounded a corner headed south on Boro Hill Road and the teen lost control on the gravel shoulder. The Subaru rolled down a steep embankment, flipped, and came to rest on the passenger side against two trees. Both the driver and a 16-year-old Salisbury passenger were transported to Porter Medical Center for suspected moderate injuries. Neither was wearing seatbelt.

The Subaru was totaled. No court action was taken.

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