Man charged after North Branch Street rollover


BENNINGTON -- A Gage Street man is facing charges after he rolled his vehicle on North Branch Street in June.

Jacob W. Shea, 20, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to careless or negligent vehicle operation, and operating a vehicle at excessive speed. He was released on conditions.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Benjamin Lackey, on June 24 at 12:54 a.m. he was dispatched to North Branch Street for a crash. There, near a sharp curve, he found a 2000 Subaru Legacy on its roof. It had hit a stone wall, a fence, a sign, and some bushes.

Shea, the driver, said he was going to a friend’s house on South Stream Road and was driving too fast to make the corner. His vehicle his a rock and he did not recall anything after that.

He guessed he was going between 60 and 65 mph. The limit for that road is 30 mph, wrote Lackey. Bennington Police Officer Roscoe Harrington, a crash reconstructionist, estimated Shea was traveling between 57 and 62 mph.

Shea’s passenger said he was asleep and woke up when he felt the car leave the road.

Neither of the men were injured.

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


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