BENNINGTON -- A Georgia, Vt., man is facing three charges after State Police said he drove 100 mph down Washing Brook Road in Arlington to elude them.

Daniel Richland, 22, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to misdemeanor counts of attempting to elude an officer, careless or negligent vehicle operation, and operating a vehicle with excessive speed. He was released on conditions.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Wayne Godfrey, on April 24 at 7:45 a.m. he was on Route 7A heading south when he saw a 1999 Volkswagen Passat heading north. He saw the driver was Richland, who he knows from previous encounters, and noted the vehicle was going about 75 mph in a 50 mph zone.

He went after Richland and tried to get him to stop after he went onto Washing Brook Road. Rather than stop, Richland went over 100 mph, according to Godfrey, but he pulled over after turning onto Route 316.

Godfrey wrote that Richmond was apologetic, said he was late for work, and did not know Godfrey was behind him.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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