District Court

Thursday January 17, 2013

BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division:

John A. Richi, 60, of Benmont Avenue, pleaded not guilty to a third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to court records, his two prior DUI convictions are from Nov. 1, 1990, and Sept. 26, 2011.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Amanda Thompson, on Dec. 26 at 11:46 p.m. she responded to Coleville Road where a 2002 Chevrolet truck had slid off the road. Thompson wrote that Walt’s Towing had been summoned there by AAA and the tow truck driver suspected the person driving the Chevrolet was intoxicated. Thompson said she identified Richi as the driver of the Chevrolet and also suspected him of DUI. According to the affidavit, two breath samples were given by Richi, one showing his blood-alcohol content to be .097 percent and the other .084 percent. Both are over the legal limit for driving of .08 percent.

Richi was released on conditions that he obey a check-in schedule at the Bennington Police Department, and not drive or drink alcohol.


Robert Freebern, 53, who did not have a listed address with the court, pleaded not guilty to a third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to court records he was convicted previously of DUI on April 12, 2004, and Aug. 29, 2000.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper Lewis Hatch, on Dec. 30 at 6:50 p.m. he was on Route 11/30 in Manchester when he noticed a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with a rear license plate light out that was also obstructed. He wrote that he conducted a traffic stop and had to tell the driver, Freebern, to roll his window down five times. Hatch wrote that Freebern appeared intoxicated and was processed for DUI. Freebern gave a breath sample showing his blood-alcohol content to be .123 percent.

Freebern was released on conditions he not consume alcohol and not drive a vehicle.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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