Vermont State Police Log: Domestic assault suspect flees police

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police late last week cited a Whiting man for an alleged sexual assault earlier in the month.

Troopers on June 28 cited 20-year-old Carson Bertrand for sexual assault. State police detectives on June 10 began investigating an incident that occurred on June 4. Police said they determined that Bertrand engaged in nonconsensual sexual contact with an adult victim.

Bertrand is due to answer the charge in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on July 3.

A different Addison County man was cited for two counts of domestic assault in a separate incident last week.

On June 25 at 6:45 p.m., state police responded to a home on Route 12A in Granville for a reported domestic assault. Troopers determined John Stambaugh, 24, of Granville, had caused “fear of pain and injury” to two domestic partners.

Stambaugh initially fled the scene, and police were unsuccessful in finding him after a lengthy search. Troopers were then notified that Stambaugh had returned to his home, so they went there, took him into custody and cited him 

In a third incident, state police cited a Bridport man for his role in a car-veresus-tractor-trailer crash early Sunday morning.

On June 30 at 1:31 a.m., state police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 22A near the intersection with Route 125 in Bridport. Police said 29-year-old Luis Sotero of Bridport was driving a 2008 Subaru Impreza northbound on 22A when his car crossed the centerline and collided with the left rear of a southbound utility trailer attached to a 2018 Freightliner Cascadia driven by Mohit Nonamegiven, 24, of Fresno, Calif.

The Subaru came to uncontrolled rest in the center of Route 22A and the Freightliner stopped in the southbound lane of Route 22A. The trailer sustained contact damage; the Subaru was a total loss. Nonamegiven was not injured.

Sotero was taken to Porter Medical Center for suspected minor injuries. Troopers later cited Sotero for driving under the influence. They also issued civil tickets for driving on roadways laned for traffic, driving without liability insurance, and vehicle not inspected within 15 days of registration. Altogether, the tickets carry fines of $387 and four points on Sotero’s insurance. 

Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Bridport Fire Department, Middlebury Regional EMS, Snow and Tow Services, and Treadway Hauling and Repair.

Route 22A near the crash site was reduced to one lane for approximately 2.5 hours 

In other recent activity, state police:

• On June 21, cited Amanda LaMonda, 40, of Ferrisburgh, for driving with a criminally suspended license on Route 7 North in Middlebury.

• On June 25 at 4:45 p.m., started an investigation that led to a citation issued to David Ouellette, 58, of Waltham, for violation of a relief from abuse order in Waltham.

• On June 25 at around 10:05 p.m., saw a motor vehicle violation on Case Street near Lindale Circle in Middlebury, stopped the car, and cited Jordan S. Atwood, 29, of Rutland City, for driving with a criminally suspended license and not using the required ignition interlock device in his vehicle.

State police at the New Haven barracks and other Addison County law enforcement agencies will conduct DUI sobriety checkpoints during the week of July 7 with the focus on people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Vermonters are urged to use a designated driver when necessary. 

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