BENNINGTON -- A New York man is facing misdemeanor charges after State Police said he was traveling over 100 mph on Route 7 in slushy road conditions.

Jay Philippi, 32, of Cold Spring, N.Y., pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to careless or negligent vehicle operation, and excessive speed. He was released under the condition he appear at future court hearings and not drive without a valid license.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Justin Walker, on Feb. 15 at 4:38 p.m. he was traveling north on Route 7 in Shaftsbury in a 55 mph zone when his radar told him a vehicle traveling south was going 101 mph. He turned his radar on and off twice, registering the vehicle at 101 mph again, then 100 mph. His rear radar had the vehicle at 96 mph. The road was wet and slushy from recent snowfall.

The driver was Philippi and when Walker pulled him over he said he did not know how fast he had been going.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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