BENNINGTON -- Police are awaiting the results of a blood analysis through the Vermont forensics lab after a man struck three parked vehicles and a tree along Cyr Court Saturday evening.
Police Lt. Lloyd Dean, in a press release, reported that 22-year-old Richard Davis was under investigation for driving under the influence, driving with license suspended, and negligent operation following Saturday’s incident. Charges were pending the results of an evidential blood test.
Dean said that police initially responded Saturday, at approximately 9:45 p.m., to a report of a fight in progress at 126 Fillmore Street, where Davis had reportedly driven from his Gore Road residence after a family member had initially attempted to prevent him from driving.
On Fillmore Street, at the scene of the disturbance, Dean said a woman, identified in a police affidavit as Mary Hurley, attempted to block Davis in the driveway. Davis subsequently left in his vehicle, traveling south down Cyr Court before going off the road at a bend and striking a tree, hitting three parked vehicles in the process.
In a related matter, on Monday in Bennington Superior Court, Hurley was arraigned on a two-count indictment stemming from Saturday’s altercation on Fillmore Street. The 39-year-old faced aggravated domestic assault and aggravated assault charges after she became involved in a physical altercation with her ex-husband and another woman, striking him with her car and knocking him to the ground as she left the residence.
While officers were responding to the disturbance on Fillmore, a second report of a nearby motor vehicle crash with injury was called in to police. Upon investigation officers determined the crash and fight complaint were connected.
According to police, Davis was found semi-conscious in his crashed vehicle in the yard at 52 Cyr Court. Davis required extrication from his vehicle by Bennington Rural Fire Department, and he was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center by Bennington Rescue for further care and treatment of minor injuries.
State police and the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the investigation.
In March, Davis pleaded not guilty to a count of gross or negligent vehicle operation following a January accident where he spun his vehicle off Route 7 in Pownal, striking the Armstrong family farm stand. He was reportedly released from his March court appearance on conditions he not drive.
Hurley appeared in court Monday and was remanded to Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.