Pownal man accused of deliberately ramming off-road vehicle

Richard Snide, 46, of Pownal.

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POWNAL — A 46-year-old Pownal man faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and gross negligent operation after police say he rammed an occupied off-road utility vehicle with his truck on Main Street Friday night.

Vermont State Police say Richard Snide purposefully rammed a Can-Am Commander, driven by an 18-year-old Pownal man with an 18-year-old Shaftsbury man as a passenger, as it was traveling on the road. No one was injured in the incident, however both vehicles sustained damage from the collision, said VSP Trooper Justin Walker.

Walker says he interviewed Snide about the incident shortly after the incident was reported and did not believe Snide was impaired. While Walker says Snide did not discuss a motive for the ramming, he did express frustration to the trooper "over the constant use of ATVs on the roadways in the area" during their conversation.

The UTV was reported to have been pushed sideways in a clockwise motion for "a very short distance" and was partially on a private lawn when it was hit, Walker said.

After being processed for the two charges by Vermont State Police at the Shaftsbury barracks, Judge John Valente ordered Snide to be released with conditions and appear at the criminal division of Bennington County Superior Court, Monday, Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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