Shaftsbury man who led police on chase held on $500,000 bail


BENNINGTON>> A Shaftsbury man accused of leading police on a chase that damaged multiple cruisers is still being held under $500,000 bail.

Travis Squires, 27, was allegedly drunk one afternoon in September when he fled from Vermont police in his 2005 Hyundai Accent and collided with two police cruisers before being arrested by New York authorities, according to Vermont State Police.

Squires is scheduled to return to Vermont Superior Court after Jan. 14 for a bail review hearing and is being represented by the Bennington County Public Defender's Office.

The day of the Sept. 25 incident, Squires was free on bail after a string of curfew violations related to charges of drug possession this past summer. According to Vermont State Police, authorities received word Squires was drunk and causing a scene at the Chili's Restaurant in Bennington. He was also under a court-imposed 24hour curfew and should have been at a home in Shaftsbury.

Police tried to conduct a traffic stop when Squires drove away from the restaurant, but Squires allegedly continued along Route 67 then north on Route 7A/Harwood Hill. He drove erratically, police said, and hit three cruisers, drove into a ditch and nearly collided head-on with another vehicle. Police halted the pursuit and notified New York authorities, who arrested him at a home in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. He was held under $10,000 bail in New York before being extradited to Vermont on Nov. 16. He is being held at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland.


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