Vergennes Police Log: Massachusetts man cited for DUI

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday, May 5, cited a Massachusetts man for driving under the influence of alcohol, test refusal, after being told by concerned family members he’d been driving with slurred speech. 

Police said they found a Chevy Tahoe that had been driven by Michael Ohoro, 55, of Hingham, Mass., pulled over on Main Street after having been alerted by Ohoro’s wife of his possibly problematic condition. Police said Ohoro refused all forms of roadside testing for inebriation, and cited him because he allegedly showed signs of intoxication. They said the Addison County Sheriff’s Department took Ohoro to a detox facility.

Police added Ohoro’s wife called them because the couple’s son had called her, alleging Ohoro’s speech was slurred, and their son was concerned. Police said she then pinged his phone and discovered the call came had from the Vergennes area. She then dialed 911, with the call referred to city police. 

In other action between April 29 and May 5, Vergennes police conducted one foot and 11 cruiser patrols, four traffic stops, and one property watch; processed three pre-employment fingerprint requests; conducted a VIN inspection; and:

On April 29:

• Took a description of a wallet that had been lost or stolen several weeks earlier.

• Following a citizen report, calmed and separated a couple arguing outside the Hillside Acres apartment complex.

On May 2:

• Removed an out-of-control female juvenile from a city residence and obtained a court order allowing her to be placed in Department for Children & Families custody. Police took her to the UVM Medical Center and waited with her there until DCF could take over. 

• Calmed and separated two brothers squabbling outside a Main Street apartment. 

On May 3, asked a performer at the Vergennes Opera House to move a van parked on Main Street that had partially blocked traffic.

On May 4:

• Intervened in a family dispute over whether belongings should be removed from a Main Street apartment. Police said they should remain.

• On behalf of Fish & Wildlife officials, counseled Valley Vista personnel at 1 Alden Place on how to deal with a mother bear and cubs raiding trash there. Police suggested using an entrance/exit farther from the trash, and said ownership should invest in more secure trash handling. 

• Calmed and separated three people arguing loudly outside a First Street home about living arrangements. Police said alcohol apparently was involved.

On May 5, called the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to take a young Milton woman to the hospital. Police said she was visiting city residents, who brought her to the station because she had been cutting herself and possibly had been abused at her Milton home. Police also notified Milton authorities.

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