Vehicle hits state police cruiser
ARLINGTON -- At approximately 9:26 p.m. on Friday, Nicholas Woodard, 29, of Arlington allegedly collided with a parked Vermont State Police cruiser at 395 Warm Brook Road, police said.
The cruiser, a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, unoccupied at the time of the crash, sustained damage to the driver’s side fender and grill area. Woodard’s 2008 Chevrolet Silverado sustained similar damage.
According to police, a state trooper was handling a complaint in the area at the time of the accident.
Woodard, who was wearing his seatbelt, was not injured, but is suspected of being intoxicated, police said.
Woodard was subsequently administered dexterity exercises, which he failed, according to police.
Woodard was arrested for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury to be processed, according to police.
Police reported Woodard’s blood alcohol level to be over twice the legal limit of .08 percent after further tests.
Woodard is cited to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division on Sept. 2 to answer to the charge of driving while intoxicated.
Truck apparently snags wires
WOODFORD -- At approximately 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 9 in Woodford.
The single vehicle involved, a Cascadia tractor trailer, had been parked in an area off the eastbound lane of Route 9.
The operator, Neil Blunt, 57, of Canada, began driving back onto Route 9, unaware that a set of low-hanging telephone wires had become entangled in the trailer. The wires consequently caused the attached telephone pole to break and fall across Route 9, police said.
Minor damage to the windshielf and hood of Blunt’s vehicle was sustained and there were no reported injuries.
However, traffic was delayed for approximately one hour until the Bennington Rural Fire Department was able to tend to the scene and open one lane for traffic, according to police.
Route 9 remained closed to one-lane for four hours while Fairpoint Communications completed repairs.