Wednesday May 8, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A woman accused of assaulting another woman, as well as crashing the woman's car while under the influence of alcohol, is also being charged with attempting to cross out her alleged victim's written statement while in a police processing room.

Traci K. Oliver, 28, who has a Pownal address filed with the court, pleaded not guilty Monday to first degree aggravated domestic assault, obstructing justice, a first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless or gross negligent vehicle operation, and reckless endangerment. She was ordered held without bail pending a weight of the evidence hearing, as she had been living in the same home as that of her alleged victim and is not allowed contact with her. According Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke, Oliver's only tie to the area was the alleged victim who she was in a relationship with.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Robert Zink, on Sunday shortly before 5 a.m. he was dispatched to an address in Pownal for a reported family fight. On the way he found a crashed vehicle which was registered to the woman Oliver is accused of assaulting.

Police spoke to the woman and a friend of hers who said Oliver had put the woman in a headlock and strangled her after the threw a heavy frying pan across the room which nearly hit a sleeping male. They reported that Oliver left in the woman's vehicle while intoxicated and came back a short time later on foot saying she had crashed the car, but left again.


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Oliver told police she was the one who was assaulted and it was the other woman who had crashed the car. Zink wrote that Oliver was taken to the State Police barracks in Shaftsbury and left in a processing room to write a statement, the paper for which was left in the case file. Zink said he saw Oliver start crossing out the alleged victim's statement. Oliver said she was confused and thought she had been told to do that. She then said she did not recall anything.

Oliver submitted to a breath test at 8:06 a.m. that showed her blood-alcohol content to be .147 percent.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.