BENNINGTON -- A snowmobiler was charged with a third count of driving under the influence of alcohol after he got lost, suffered frostbite, and went to a Rupert home for help.

Egbert A. Shaw, 28, of Hebron, N.Y., pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of DUI #3. His previous convictions were on Dec. 18, 2012, and Aug. 17, 2008.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Elliott Justinger, on Jan. 4 at 1 a.m. he was dispatched to Route 315 in Rupert. A homeowner had called to say a snowmobiler had shown up on their doorstep saying he was lost, and had suffered frostbite.

Shaw told police he riding the snowmobile trails when he became stuck, then lost. He found Route 315 and went to the first home with a light for help. Justinger said Shaw appeared intoxicated so he administered a breath test showing Shaw's blood-alcohol content to be .201 percent. Shaw was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to be treated for frostbite and a blood test taken there showed his blood-alcohol content to be .153 percent.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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