BENNINGTON -- Police said a vehicle was stolen in Bennington Tuesday night only to be found a few hours later when it became involved in a pursuit with New York authorities.
Bennington Police Officer Jason Burnham spoke with a resident of George Street around 10:50 p.m. about her missing vehicle. The woman told police she had left the her 1994 Honda Civic unlocked with the keys inside the vehicle. She noticed it missing around 10 p.m. A description of the vehicle was sent out to officers and entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a stolen vehicle.
Bennington Police Lt. Lloyd Dean said Sgt. Cam Grande was informed around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning that the car was involved in a pursuit with Rensselaer County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department deputies in Hoosick, N.Y. Dean said the car eventually crashed and the operator, suspected to be 30-year-old Scott Morey, was taken into custody.
Dean said Grande was able to identify Morey from mug shots and tattoos. Morey is wanted in Vermont by the Department of Corrections for escaping from furlough on July 19, according to Dean.
Morey is currently being held without bail at the Rensselaer County Jail as a fugitive from justice, Dean said. Morey is likely to face additional vehicle and traffic offenses. Any charges in New York will be addressed before he returns to Vermont to face charges here, Dean said.