BENNINGTON -- Police said a Queensbury, N.Y., man was heavily intoxicated when he struck a light pole by the new Welcome Center, hit two road signs, then broke down at the Four Corners in Bennington.
On Dec. 9, Scott A. Malcolm, 47, pleaded not guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. He was released on conditions that he not drive or consume alcohol.
According to Bennington Police Officer David Faden, on Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. he received word that a white truck had hit a sign on Route 279, but was now stopped at the Four Corners in Bennington. Faden found the vehicle with heavy front-end damage broken down at the stop lights. He told the driver, Malcolm, to get out of the vehicle. The truck began to roll, and Malcolm had to secure it.
Faden wrote that Malcolm appeared heavily intoxicated, and claimed to have consumed two beers within the past three hours, and had taken prescription medication.
Further investigation showed that Malcolm struck a light pole by the Welcome Center, shearing the pole off its base and knocking it 25 feet away. He also hit two signs near the Route 9/Route 279 intersection. His car was leaking oil and radiator fluid when it broke down at the Four Corners. Police estimated the damage to the pole and signs amounts to $4,500.
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