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Vermont State Police Log: Troopers respond to accidents, sexual assault charge and more

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Posted on January 10, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week responded to two separate one-car crashes on Route 7 near Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh.

Troopers looked into the first incident on Jan. 2 at approximately 2:35 p.m. They identified that driver of a 2005 Volvo XC70 that crashed as 57-year-old Stephen Mackenzie of Port Henry, N.Y. While speaking with Mackenzie, troopers detected signs of impairment and screened him for driving under the influence.

Eventually, police arrested Mackenzie for suspicion of DUI-drug and driving with a suspended license. They also ticketed him for driving too fast for conditions and driving without insurance.

They lodged Mackenzie at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.

Police report that the Volvo was a total loss, but Mackenzie was not injured.

Separately, on Jan. 5 at around 9 p.m., state police in the New Haven barracks were notified that a car had crashed into a utility pole on Route 7 near Greenbush Road. Per the caller, there were no injuries in this crash.

Police report that Matthew Davis, 24, of Burlington lost control of the 2009 Honda Civic he was driving on the snow-covered highway as he was passing a vehicle that was turning right, and the Civic struck the power pole. Davis, the only person in the car, sustained minor bumps. Traffic was partially limited for several hours due to low power lines across the road.

Police ticketed Davis for driving too fast for the weather conditions.

In an unrelated incident, Vermont State Police last week charged Tyler Dunton, 24, of Middlebury with aggravated sexual assault based on a Dec. 10 incident in Cornwall.

Police allege that Dunton “engaged in a sexual act without consent, where the victim sustained a serious bodily injury as a result.”

State police detectives assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigated the sexual assault complaint and obtained a warrant for Dunton’s arrest on Dec. 19.

On Jan. 4, members of the Windham County Sherriff’s Department found Dunton and took him into custody. Dunton was then arraigned in Vermont Superior Court’s Windham County Criminal Division in Brattleboro, where according to a state police press release he was ordered held without bail.

Back in Addison County on Thursday Jan. 4, state police troopers from the New Haven barracks assisted Sheriff Donald Keeler and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department when they executed an arrest warrant during a search warrant on a residence in East Middlebury.

At about 11:30 a.m. that day, Christopher Crowningshield was taken into custody on an arrest warrant from the Addison County Superior Court for failing to appear for a pre-trial conference. Police said Crowningshield refused to come out of his East Middlebury home after several attempts were made to contact him.

Police report that they knew Crowningshield was in the residence, so an entry team led by Sheriff Keeler and Lt. Peter Newton went in and found Crowningshield in the rear of the building.

The Middlebury Police Department and Middlebury Regional EMS ambulance services also assisted the sheriff’s department during the operation.

Meanwhile, Vermont State Police have announced that troopers from the New Haven barracks, along with other participating area law enforcement agencies in Addison County, will conduct a series of DUI checkpoints and focused saturation patrols throughout Addison County during the month of January.

The intent is to promote highway safety by identifying and removing impaired drivers and reducing impaired driving-related crashes.

In other recent activity, state police troopers:

•  On Jan. 3 at approximately 10:21 a.m. responded to a two-car crash on Route 125 near Route 22A in Bridport. Police report that Douglas Terbeek, 67, of Crown Point, N.Y., was driving a 2001 Mazda 626 when he took his attention off the road, drifted over the center line and sideswiped a 2015 GMC Sierra driven by Christopher Clarke, 20, of Moriah, N.Y. Police said neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the collision. Both vehicles sustained minor damage, but no injuries were reported.

Police gave Terbeek a ticket for driving on the wrong side of the road.

•  On Jan. 4 at approximately 2:20 p.m. received a report that a vehicle had slid off the roadway on Delong Road in Cornwall. Troopers met the driver, identified as 66-year-old Joseph Larocque of Cornwall, and report that he showed several signs of impairment. Police screened him and then cited Larocque for driving under the influence.

•  On Jan. 8 at approximately 11:40 p.m. stopped a silver 1999 Volvo X70 on Court Street in Middlebury after observing a moving violation. Police cited Brian Maccione, 34, of Whiting for driving with a criminally suspended driver’s license.

•  On Jan. 9 at a little past 1 a.m. came across a vehicle off Plank Road in New Haven. After investigating, the trooper cited Jeffrey S. Ouellette, 56, of Vergennes for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Vermont State Police release a daily log of a selection of their activities. In Addison County, those activities included:

•  Jan. 2, traffic hazard, Route 22A, Addison.

•  Jan. 2, animal problem, Maple Street, Waltham.

•  Jan. 2, traffic crash with damage, North Main Street, Whiting.

•  Jan. 2, welfare check, Orwell.

•  Jan. 3, motor vehicle disturbances, Route 22A, Bridport.

•  Jan. 3, traffic hazard, Route 22A, Orwell.

•  Jan. 3, suspicious person or circumstance, Meehan Road, Bristol.

•  Jan. 4, alarm, Lincoln.

•  Jan. 4, welfare check, Leicester.

•  Jan. 4, traffic crash, Route 125 and Hamlen Road, Cornwall.

•  Jan. 4, traffic crash, Route 74 “into the Ledges,” Shoreham.

•  Jan. 4, traffic crash, Route 125 “bottom of the Ledges,” Cornwall.

•  Jan. 4, family disturbance Downingsville Road, Lincoln.

•  Jan. 4, traffic crash, Route 22A, Orwell.

•  Jan. 4, suspicious person or circumstance, Daniels Road, New Haven.

•  Jan. 5, traffic crash, Route 22A and Town Highway 32, Shoreham.

•  Jan. 6, directed patrol, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Jan. 6, false alarm, Salisbury.

•  Jan. 6, animal problem, Sherman Lane, New Haven.

•  Jan. 6, motor vehicle disturbances, Lake Road, Panton.

•  Jan. 6, agency assist, Main and Green streets, Vergennes.

•  Jan. 6, citizen assist, Mason Hill North, Starksboro.

•  Jan. 7, traffic crash, Shacksboro Road, Shoreham.

•  Jan. 7, motor vehicle disturbances, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Jan. 7 motor vehicle disturbances, South Orchard Road, Lincoln.

•  Jan. 7 alarm, Orwell.

•  Jan. 7 vandalism, Davis Road, Monkton.

•  Jan. 7 alarm, Cornwell.

•  Jan. 7 vandalism, Bristol Pond Access Road, Bristol.

•  Jan. 7 traffic crash, Monkton Road, Ferrisburgh.

•  Jan. 7 motorist assistance, Main Street, New Haven.

•  Jan. 7 911 hang-up, Mason Hill South, Starksboro.

•  Jan. 7 medical assistance, South Main Street, Whiting.

•  Jan. 8 directed patrol, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Jan. 8 citizen assist, Town Hill Road, Goshen.

•  Jan. 8 motor vehicle disturbances, Route 116 North at Twin Bridges, Bristol.

•  Jan. 8 traffic crash, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Jan. 8 juvenile problem, Starksboro.

•  Jan. 9, traffic crash, Plank and Pea Ridge roads, New Haven.

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