Dorset man crashes into tree, refuses sobriety test

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DORSET — A Dorset man is expected to appear in court at the end of the month after crashing into a tree and refusing a sobriety test.

Vermont State Police responded to Dorset Hollow Road at 4:16 p.m. on Friday for a single-vehicle crash. James Lane, 64, drove a 2009 Volkswagen Passat into a tree after falling asleep at the wheel, according to a release from Trooper Justin Walker. Manchester Rescue Squad responded to the scene and evaluated Lane, who was able to speak, but with impairment, as stated in the release.

Police reported that Lane may have been under the influence of intoxicants, but when asked to perform field sobriety exercises, Lane declined to provide a preliminary breath test on the roadside. Lane was then arrested for suspicion of a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and was brought to the Manchester Police Department.

Lane was also in possession of cocaine at the time of the crash, according to the release.

The vehicle received damages to the front bumper and undercarriage. Weather conditions were reported as warm and dry with light rain.

Lane is due in Bennington County Superior Court on Aug. 29.


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