Monday November 19, 2012

Crash at intersection

SHAFTSBURY -- An accident at a busy intersection in Shaftsbury took place Friday afternoon after a motorist said he became distracted by other vehicles parked in a lot.

State police reported the incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m., at the intersection in front of Paulin’s, Inc. on Route 7A. The crash happened after Robert Bourn Jr. of Shaftsbury attempted to pull out of the store parking lot, and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by Rose Washburn of Cambridge, N.Y.

Bourn told police he had been attempting to turn south onto Route 7A, but became distracted by other vehicles parked along the roadway edge and did not see Washburn’s vehicle until it was too late.

Police said there were no injuries and both occupants were wearing seat belts. While Bourn was found to be at fault and was issued a ticket for failure to safely enter onto a roadway, police said parked vehicles were a contributing factor. Bourn’s 2000 Ford Ranger suffered contact damage to the left front corner while Washburn’s 2006 Ford Fusion was inoperably damaged in the right front corner.

The Bennington County Sheriff’s Department assisted on the scene with traffic control.

-- Zeke Wright Driver following too closely rear-ends vehicle

ARLINGTON -- Authorities faulted a local driver for following too closely behind another vehicle, resulting in a minor accident.

In a written release, state police reported the incident occurred at the intersection of Warm Brook Road and Route 313 in Arlington at about 3:10 p.m. Friday. Investigators determined that Roberta Stannard of Arlington had been stopped at the intersection, waiting for an opportunity to travel straight across, when she was rear-ended by a 1996 Chevy Blazer driven by 25-year-old Adam Olin, of North Bennington. Police said Olin told them he saw Stannard’s vehicle, a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, stopped at the intersection but hadn’t paid attention as he struck the car.

Police said no injuries resulted and all occupants had been wearing their seatbelts, including a passenger in Olin’s vehicle. Olin’s vehicle sustained very minor damage to the front bumper while Stannard’s vehicle sustained moderate damage to the rear bumper and trunk. Olin was issued a ticket for following too closely.

Driver blames deer for crash but is charged

RUPERT -- Authorities said a Maryland man was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated after an accident he blamed on an errant deer.

In a written release state police reported 23-year-old Jesse Wadsworth, of Huntington, Md., was not injured in the crash but was charged with driving under the influence.

Police were dispatched to the report of the motor vehicle crash on Route 153 early Friday morning at about 1:07 a.m. Wadsworth contacted police to report that he had gone off the road, and told the responding officer that he had swerved to avoid a collision with a deer. The responding trooper detected the consumption of alcohol, however, and after a field test Wadsworth was taken into custody for processing and released pending a future court date. The vehicle, a 2004 Mazda sedan, received extensive front end damage.

Police: Driver crashes after falling asleep

RUPERT -- Police said a driver from Salem, N.Y., crashed Route 153 near the border with New York Wednesday morning.

Vermont State Police Trooper James Wright said Dylan Miller was driving north when he fell asleep. His 2001 Subaru Forester crossed the center line and beyond the southbound lane before colliding with a tree around 8 a.m. Wright said Miller was transported to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center with leg and head injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Wright at 802-442-5421.

-- Neal Goswami

Rifle reported stolen out of vehicle in Pownal

POWNAL -- Authorities are investigating the weekend theft of a rifle and ammunition from a parked vehicle in Pownal.

State police said they were alerted to the theft Sunday. Leo Haggerty of Pownal told police the rifle and ammunition were stolen from his vehicle at some point between 8 a.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle was parked along Route 7, police said.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info.

N.Y. man says wife threw paint on car, bleach on him

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) -- A man tells police his wife threw bleach on him and red paint on his car, and she says he roughed her up and damaged her cell phone.

Both face criminal mischief and other charges for the Saturday incident.

The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports (http://bit.ly/TSdkSn ) that Saugerties (SAW-gur-teez) police arrested Douglas and Lorie Smith, age 57 and 54, after the husband walked into the police station covered in paint and bleach.

Douglas is charged with harassment and Lorie is charged with menacing. Both were charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and received orders of protection against each other.

Police confiscated a number of guns from their home in Saugerties, 40 miles south of Albany.

They were released after each posted $500 bail.