Police News in Brief


Single-vehicle crash

POWNAL - At approximately 4:43 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 18, Vermont State Police responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash on Route 7 in Pownal, near the Jackson Cross Road intersection.

According to police, Sabrina Ostrander, 26, of Bennington was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander south on Route 7 when she realized she was too close to the center line.

When she tried to adjust, her vehicle lost traction and slid off the southbound shoulder, into a concrete barrier. Ostrander and Paul Kastner, 24, of Bennington, a passenger, suffered minor scrapes and bruises and were transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for precautionary reasons. The vehicle suffered a damaged right fender, engine compartment, and righert passenger door.

The roadway at the time of the crash was snow covered and slick, according to police, which contributed to the accident. However, police also noted that the tires on the vehicle were nearly bald, which they say also played a role. Crash into garage

POWNAL - At approximately 4:10 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, Craig Borden, 52, of Bennington, was travelling south on Route 7 in Pownal when he lost traction and slid off the road, into the front yard of a residence.

Borden was unable to stop his vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Dakota, in the snow, and slid down the hill, across the front year, and into a garage. Both the garage and the vehicle sustained heavy damage, according to the police report. There were no injuries reported.

Possession of drugs

NORTH BENNINGTON - Vermont State Police stopped to check on a pulled over motorist at approximately 1 a.m. on Jan. 22 on Route 67A near Bennington College.

Eric J. Floess, 30, of Johnsonville, N.Y., informed police that he had run over some glass in the road, and that a tow truck was on its way.

According to the police report, troopers observed damage to the vehicle in excess of what Floess could explain. As state police interviewed Floess it became clear to the officers that he was under the influence of drugs.

He was found to be in possession of marijuana, heroin, and prescription medications that were not prescribed to him. Bennington Police Department was called in to assist. It was determined that Floess had driven his vehicle off the road, and his tires had been flattened when they struck the curb.

Floess was taken into custody and administered a 12-step examination for drug influence.

Police also took a blood sample. Floess was eventually released with a citation for driving under the influence and drug possession. He is scheduled to appear in Bennington Criminal Court on March 3.

Violating conditions of release

BENNINGTON - At 10 p.m. on Jan. 23 State Police received a report that Alan Dufresne, 38, of Bennington had violated his conditions of release by missing a require sign-in. Dufresne had failed to sign in with the Bennington Police Department on Jan. 22.

The required sign-ins are part of his conditions of release, stemming from a DUI arrest in November.

Dufresne was processed and released with a citation to appear in Bennington County Criminal Court on Jan. 27 to answer to the charge of violation of conditions of release.

Collision with parked car

SHAFTSBURY - Amy Iannotti, 43, of North Bennington, was travelling eastbound on McGuire Street in Shaftsbury when she side-swiped a parked 2007 Chevrolet Colorado, owned by Aaron Wood, 30, of Arlington.

Iannotti advised police that she did not see the vehicle until it was too late, and attempted unsuccessfully to swerve around it to avoid a collision.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash and both vehicles were able to drive away from the scene.

~ Derek Carson


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