Wednesday December 5, 2012

BENNINGTON -- A Londonderry man pleaded not guilty Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to a third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol following a two-car crash on Sunday at the bottom of the Stratton Mountain Access Road in Winhall.

Colin Moore, 37, was released on conditions he obey a check-in schedule at the Manchester Police Department and not drive or consume alcohol. According to court records he was convicted of DUI in Rhode Island on July 5, 2000 and June 20, 2001.

According to an affidavit by Winhall Police Sgt. Derrick Tienken, on Sunday at 5 a.m. he and another officer were dispatched to the Stratton Mountain Access Road for a reported crash between two vehicles. Tienken wrote that when he arrived on the scene, a Toyota truck was off the road, as was a Dodge sedan. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and the other officer had Moore, the driver of the sedan, in his cruiser because he smelled of alcohol.

Tienken wrote that he spoke to the driver of the Toyota, Walter Woodruff, 46, who said he was heading west along the Stratton Mountain Access Road when he saw the sedan coming towards him at what he guessed was 80 mph. He said the sedan entered his lane and while he tried to avoid a collision, was hit.

According to Tienken, Moore said the road was icy and he was not used to driving it. He said he had consumed two beers, but then said eight and that it likely put him over the legal limit.


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Tienken wrote that Moore appeared intoxicated and did not do well on a field sobriety test. He said Moore refused to take a field breath test but according to the DUI affidavit he gave an evidentiary sample showing his blood-alcohol content to be .172 percent.

According to the affidavit, Moore said he was not injured and police did not note any injuries for Woodruff.