Police News in Brief


Wednesday Feb. 12

Crash leads to charge

POWNAL -- At 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday, state police responded to a reported two-vehicle crash on Route 346 in Pownal. Freddie McClary, 43, of Adams, Mass. was travelling south on Route 346, when he lost control of his Chevrolet Trailblazer due to the slippery road conditions and struck a Toyota Tacoma operated by Bruce B. Godkin, 60, of Bennington, which, according to the press release from the state police, was also travelling south. McClary was held at fault for travelling too fast for the road conditions and was deemed responsible for the crash, however, officers at the scene screened and subsequently arrested Godkin for suspicion of driving under the influence. Godkin was processed and held on $1,500 bail, as a record check revealed two prior DUI offenses.

Saturday Feb. 15

Police: Man driving 101

in 55 mph zone

SHAFTSBURY -- State police trooper Justin Walker made a motor vehicle stop on Route 7 in Shaftsbury at approximately 4:37 p.m. on Friday, after witnessing a 2011 Jeep Cherokee travelling at 101 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. speed limit zone. The operator of the vehicle, Jay Philippi, 32, of Cold Spring, N.Y., was arrested and processed at the Vermont State Police Barracks in Shaftsbury for negligent operation. He will appear in Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division on March 24 to answer to the charge. Police describe road conditions as slippery at the time, with a layer of snow and slush covering the roadway. The state police reminded motorists to watch their speed and be mindful of the speed limit, especially in winter weather and conditions.

Sunday Feb. 16

Man found asleep, arrested

RUPERT -- State troopers out of the Shaftsbury barracks were notified of a vehicle off the road at the intersection of Kent Hollow Road and Sandgate Road in Rupert on Sunday. Upon arrival they discovered the operator, Seth Haggerty, 20, of Arlington, slumped over the wheel, sleeping. Upon being woken up and removed from the vehicle, troopers asked Haggerty to complete standard roadside tests. Based on the results of these tests, he was placed under arrest of driving under the influence. Haggerty will appear in court on March 3 to answer to the charges.

~ All by Derek Carson


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