Police News in Brief


Criminal DLS

ARLINGTON -- State police pulled over a vehicle that was driving erratically on Route 7A in Arlington on Saturday May 24, at approximately 8 p.m. The trooper discovered that the operator, Steven D. Wall, 35, of Manchester, was driving with a criminally suspended license. Wall was issued a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Cort on July 7.

~Derek Carson Vandalism

ARLINGTON -- On Saturday May 24, at approximately 11:36 a.m., Vermont state police were dispatched to the Arlington Lions Club building, which is located at the Arlington Rec Park. They were informed that between the Thursday May 22 and 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, someone had kicked in and damaged the door to the building. At this time, there does not appear to be anything missing.

~Derek Carson

Driving Under the Influence

POWNAL -- On Saturday May 24, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Vermont state police conducted a motor vehicle stop on North Pownal Road, for a minor motor vehicle violation. The operator, identified as Robert Trites, 23, of Bennington, showed signs of alcohol impairment, and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Trites was also ticketed for possessing a small amount of marijuana. He was issued a citation to appear in Bennington County Criminal Court on June 9.

~Derek Carson

Single Vehicle Crash

SANDGATE -- At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Saturday May 24, state police responded to reports of a single vehicle crash on Wuerslin Road in Sandgate. Heather Blake, 41, of Arlington, had been driving down Wuerslin Road when she lost control of her 2014 Volkswagen Passat, causing her to collide head-on with a tree. Blake was transported to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for evaluation, but was released with no injuries. The vehicle sustained heavt front end damage. The crash is still under investigation for suspicion of impaired driving, as police report that alcohol may have been a factor.

~Derek Carson

Single Vehicle Crash

SUNDERLAND -- On May 22, at 4:15 p.m., Sgt. Brian Turner of the Shaftsbury Barracks responded to a tractor trailer crash on Dunham Road in Sunderland, just south of the Arlington town line. A 2009 Kenworth with a car carrier attached, operated by Charles Sietz, 57, of Benson, North Carolina, had been travelling west on Dunham Road. Sietz observed a pickup truck travelling towards him around a curve in the road. Sietz told police that he pulled as far to the right as he could, in order to avoid a collision, and the road gave out under his wheels, causing the tractor trailer to slide sideways off the roadway, where it struck a tree and came to rest leaning over a steep embankment. The driver of the pickup truck did not stop and offer assistance. Sietz was not injured in the crash, but Dunham Road needed to be closed for three hours while the truck was removed. Sietz was not issued any tickets as a result of the crash.

~Derek Carson

Man accused of domestic assault

ARLINGTON -- State Police cited an Arlington man for domestic assault after he was accused of punching someone.

Police said on Wednesday they were dispatched to East Arlington Road at 10:10 p.m. for a reported domestic disturbance. Police said Joseph Crawford, 47, had been in an argument with another male at the house and punched him in the mouth.

He was issued a citation to appear in court.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Suspected theft leads to crash

SHAFTSBURY -- State Police said two men allegedly stole truck tire rims from the William E. Dailey Inc. gravel plant and were injured after their vehicle crashed while police pursued them.

Police said that on Wednesday at 2:45 a.m. Trooper Elliot Justinger saw a Chevrolet pickup truck without functional tail lights pull out of the gravel plant and onto Route 7A. He tried to get it to stop as it turned onto Daniels Road, but it sped up and fled. The driver then lost control at a sharp curve and crashed.

The driver, George Guile, 46, suffered a shoulder injury, while his passenger, Robert Richter, 37, received injuries to his shoulder and arm. Both men are from Bennington, and were taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Police said truck tire rims reportedly stolen from Dailey’s were found in the back of Guile’s vehicle. Both men were cited to appear in court to face charges, Guile for negligent vehicle operation, attempting to elude police, and theft, while Richter only faces a theft charge.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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