KEITH WHITCOMB JR., Staff Writer
BENNINGTON -- A North Carolina man who was accused of assaulting his girlfriend at a motel in Pownal was also wanted in another state for allegedly violating his probation.
David Powell, 46, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and domestic assault. He waived his right to a governor’s warrant on a fugitive charge, and according to court records authorities in Minnesota have until Feb. 14 to collect him from the Rutland jail.
According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Justin Walker, on Jan. 12 at 3:14 p.m. troopers were dispatched to the Ladd Brook Inn on Route 7 in Pownal, where a man had called from to report that his friend was fighting with his girlfriend. At 6 p.m. Walker interviewed the girlfriend who said Powell had been drinking and became upset over the television and other small issues. She said he "snapped" and shoved her into a wall, then a stand. She showed police a bruise on her arm that she got from Powell grabbing her two days prior.
The woman told police she, Powell, and the other male work in sales promotion, and were staying at the motel for a week while they worked in the area.
Police said they located Powell behind the wheel of a running vehicle. His seat was fully reclined, but he "gunned" the engine when a trooper approached him. The trooper shut the car off and removed Powell to be arrested.
Police learned Powell had a warrant out for his arrest based on an alleged probation violation. According to the affidavit, Powell was convicted in Minnesota on Aug. 14 of fourth degree criminal sex conduct-force or coercion, and third degree assault-substantial bodily injury. The affidavit indicated that the victim in that case is the alleged victim in this one.
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