Police seek driver involved in high-speed pursuit

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POWNAL — Police are seeking a driver who led state troopers on an early-morning chase through town.

When Vermont State Police stopped the vehicle on Route 7 for a motor vehicle violation around 1 a.m. on Nov. 6, the driver, who has yet to be identified, provided a false name. The driver then sped off, leading troopers on a high-speed pursuit on several roads, including Jackson Cross, Strohmaier, Maple Grove and South Stream roads, according to a media release from the Vermont State Police, Shaftsbury Barracks..

While troopers briefly lost sight of the vehicle during the pursuit, the operator got out of the car and ran off. Makaela Cummings, 18, of Pownal, who had been a passenger, then took over driving, police said.

Cummings was charged with attempting to elude, providing false information to a police officer and impeding an investigation, according to police. She was also issued tickets for consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and driving at above .02 percent blood alcohol content, police said.

She is due in court on Dec. 9.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the operator is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at vtips.info or text CRIMES (274637) to VTIPS.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.

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