Pownal man accused of hitting woman with screwdriver


BENNINGTON -- A man who police have been looking for since April was in court Monday to answer charges that he hit a woman in the head with a screwdriver and damaged her car.

Christopher Brown, 29, of Pownal, pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, felony domestic assault with a prior conviction, felony unlawful trespass, a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, and a felony charge of escape from furlough. He was held for lack of $100,000 bail.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Paul Sokolowski Jr., on April 11 at 5 p.m. he and Bennington County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Howard were dispatched to Alta Gardens Mobile Home Park in Pownal where they a met a woman with a lump under her eye who appeared upset. She had been driving from Bennington with Brown in the passenger seat when an argument ensued. Brown broke the passenger side window with his elbow, then took a screwdriver and hit the woman in the head with the handle. She said Brown also grabbed the wheel and tried to steer into oncoming traffic.

When they arrived at the mobile home, Brown used a fence post to further damage her vehicle, she said.

The woman said Brown had likely gone to his parents home in the park. Police said many people had come out of their homes and they were all asked where Brown was, including his parents, but none claimed to have seen him.

Police were called back to the park at 2:21 a.m. for a report of Brown trying to kick in the woman’s door. He left when he learned police were coming and could not be located.

On April 22, 2013, Brown was released under furlough having been convicted of driving under the influence with a suspended license and attempting to elude police. Part of his conditions involved a 9 p.m. curfew at an address in the mobile home park.

A warrant was issued for his arrest. It’s not clear how he came to court on Monday.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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