BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division. Eric K. Benson, 37, of Benson Road in Manchester, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of careless or negligent vehicle operation, and reckless endangerment. He was released on conditions including that he not drive.
According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Officer James Bossong, on May 5 at 6:34 p.m. he was sent to speak with Rollin Fredericks and Anastashia Reveal, both of Cropseyville, N.Y., who said they had been forced off the road by an angry driver.
Bossong met them one mile south of Exit 4. Reveal said she had stopped at a light at the bottom of Carpenter Hill Road and Depot Street. The light turned green and the vehicle behind them honked the horn. She said they went on their way and when turning onto the Route 7 south ramp the driver of the truck "flipped them off." She said Fredericks flipped him off in return, which prompted the driver of the truck to slam on his brakes and back up to follow them. She said the truck tailgated them then pulled alongside them, coming within five inches and ultimately forcing her to pull to the side of the road. Reveal said she had two babies in her vehicle and feared for their safety
She said the driver of the truck stopped and got out to yell at her and Fredericks.
Fredericks was starting to tell police his story when he pointed out the truck in question. It was stopped and police identified the driver as Benson, who said he had been in an argument with his girlfriend and was in a bad mood. He admitted to flipping the other car off and following it but said nothing physical happened.
Gary Gore, 46, of Pucker Hill Road in Bennington, pleaded not guilty to a third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. H was released on conditions he not drive or drink alcohol. He must also obey a check-in schedule at the Bennington Police Department. According to court records, Gore was convicted of DUI on Jan. 5, 2004, and May 8, 2009.
According to an affidavit by a Bennington police officer on June 1, 2013, she was dispatched to Gore Road where a caller said a man’s vehicle had run out of gas and he appeared intoxicated. The caller said Gore asked her for a cup of gas, then asked for help pushing the vehicle. When she said no he laid down on her lawn.
Gore told police he was on his way to his girlfriend’s house and his passenger had gone to town for more beer. He said he has been drinking some earlier in the day. His blood-alcohol content was .175 percent, police said.
Kimberley L. Goderre, 46, of East Road in Shaftsbury, pleaded not guilty to a fourth offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. She was released on conditions she not drive or consume alcohol. According to court records she was convicted of DUI on Feb. 20, 1986, June 12, 1995, and Oct. 15, 1992.
According to an affidavit by Bennington County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Howard, on May 30 he stopped a vehicle on South Street in Bennington because its lights were dim and his license plate reader told him the car was not registered or the driver’s license was suspended. He stopped the vehicle, identified the driver as Goderre, and noted she smelled like alcohol. Goderre told him the smell was from a friend of hers. She submitted to a breath test that showed her blood-alcohol content was .085 percent.
Howard wrote that Goderre’s license was suspended because she had not paid to have it reinstated.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.