Police: Man fled traffic stop, crashed car

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BENNINGTON — A Pownal man faces charges after police said he fled from a state trooper during a traffic stop and crashed his car early on Thursday.

Jayman D. Remington, 29, pleaded not guilty in Bennington criminal court Thursday afternoon to single felony counts of eluding law enforcement by negligent operation and impeding a public officer, and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, negligent operation, and driving under the influence—second offense.

Trooper Raymond Witkowski wrote in a court affidavit that he was southbound on Route 7 near Jackson Cross Road just after 12 a.m. when a driver began following him at a distance of less than one car length, weaving between between the yellow center line and white fog line before turning onto Barber Pond Road. He turned around to follow the car, saw the driver cross the center line twice, and pulled him over on Niles School Road .

Based on the trooper's observations, including slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol, Remington was asked to exit the vehicle. Witkowski wrote that Remington "was highly uncooperative with me, often laughing and refusing to listen to my commands."

According to the affidavit, Remington then put the car into gear and drove away at a high rate of speed, reaching 53 mph while traveling on Niles School Road, above the posted 25 mph limit. Remington lost control of the 2006 Ford Focus he was driving near the 1300 block. The sedan left the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest in a ditch.

Remington was told numerous times at gunpoint to exit the car, but refused; according to the affidavit, he was pulled from the car by his arm. Two other troopers and the Pownal Rescue Squad arrived on scene. Remington complained of chest pain and was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He was evaluated by ER staff, found to be in stable condition and was discharged.

According to the affidavit, at the Shaftsbury barracks, Remington agreed to give an evidentiary breath test at about 4 a.m. that showed a BAC of .171. The legal limit to drive in Vermont is .08.

Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke, during the arraignment Thursday afternoon, said Remington's actions were concerning and showed "a lack of respect for authority." Burke pointed to his criminal record: Remington was convicted for DUI and resisting arrest in 2008. Burke asked that the court to continue the $18,000 bail set after Remington's arrest.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Rubin, representing Remington, said that Remington has a good employment history and is not a flight risk. His actions were due to his level of intoxication, Rubin said.

Superior Court Judge David A. Howard set bail at a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond. The required 10 percent was posted on Thursday. Remington will return to court on Jan. 3

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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