Police News in Brief


DEREK CARSON, Staff Writer

Rollover crash

BENNINGTON -- At approximately 12:41 a.m. on Jan. 30, Bennington Police responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on Kocher Drive, in front of Bennington Square Plaza. Police arrived at the scene and found there was no one in the vehicle. Vermont State Trooper Justin Walker located the operator, Thomas Greene, 51, of Bennington, near the State Office Complex, walking away from the accident. Police report that Greene had cuts and bleeding consistent with being involved in the crash and fleeing the scene. He was taken into custody and processed for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. His vehicle, a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, was totaled as a result of the crash. No other injuries were reported. Greene will appear in court on Feb. 24 to answer to the charges.

Car into guide wire

SHAFTSBURY -- At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Jan. 31 state police responded to a reported motor vehicle complaint on Twitchell Hill Road in Shaftsbury. Upon arrival, police discovered a vehicle that had crashed into a telephone pole guide wire. The operator or any passengers were not present at the scene. Police began searching the area for any involved subjects. During this time, the operator, Robert Gerity, 27, of Shaftsbury, returned to the vehicle and attempted to drive it away. Gerity and the vehicle were discovered by police in the front yard of a residence on nearby Horton Hill Road. Gerity was administered with field sobriety exercises, which indicated that he was under the influence of intoxicants. Gerity was taken into custody and processed. He is scheduled to appear in Bennington Court on Feb. 24 to answer to the charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Turned himself in

SUNDERLAND -- On Feb. 1, Troy Hale, 18, of Brandon, turned himself in to state police at the Shaftsbury barracks. Hale was charged with a misdemeanor count of false pretenses, stemming from a report by Claudia Bookspan, owner of Water Works of Sunderland, who claimed that Hale was responsible for using a company credit card for personal purchases when he had been an employee of Water Works. The charges included McDonalds and multiple convenience stores in Manchester. Hale is scheduled to appear in Bennington County Criminal Court on March 17 to answer to the charges.


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