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Vermont State Police: Bad drivers push truck off road

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Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at just past 5:30 a.m. Vermont State Police were called to a single-vehicle crash on Route 7 in Leicester, north of the Leicester Service Center. 

When they got there troopers found a yellow Ford delivery truck on top of the guardrail and against a utility pole. 

Officers’ preliminary investigation showed that Jacob Wilcox, 23, of Fair Haven was driving the delivery truck southbound on Route 7, went over a rise in the road and encountered two northbound vehicles — one passing the other. To avoid a collision, Wilcox swerved to the right and struck the guardrail, ultimately coming to a rest on top of the guardrail and against a utility pole. 

Green Mountain Power and Agency of Transportation personnel came to the scene to assess the damage to the pole and guardrail.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact Vermont State Police at 802-388-4919.

As reported in Monday’s edition of the Independent, on Jan. 15 at a quarter past 6 a.m., Vermont State Police from multiple barracks (including the one in New Haven) joined with members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and an agent from Homeland Security Investigations to execute a search warrant at a residence in Peacham. Police arrested Russell Bell, 44, of Peacham and cited him for dissemination of indecent material to a minor outside the presence of a minor, promoting a recording of sexual conduct, and luring a child.

Police allege that Bell had communications online with a 14-year-old female juvenile in Addison County and that he sent her multiple sexually explicit images and stated that he wanted to meet to engage in various sexual acts with her. Over the course of the investigation, police said they determined that Bell additionally sent sexually explicit video content on several occasions in an effort to get the juvenile comfortable with potentially engaging in sexual acts with him. 

In other recent activity, troopers:

•  On Jan. 18 at 3:12 p.m. responded to a report of a family fight in Orwell. After investigating, troopers cited Kayla Given, 25, with two counts of first-degree aggravated domestic assault, domestic assault, unlawful mischief and offense committed within the presence of a child. Given was released on conditions.

•  On Jan. 18 at approximately 5:24 p.m. responded to a report that a car had crashed into a farm tractor on Route 22A, in Shoreham. Police report that Alyssa Lines, 25, of South Burlington was driving a 2011 VW Jetta southbound on Route 22A when she came upon a slow-moving John Deere tractor driven by Gerard Sabourin, 62, of Shoreham also heading south. Lines began to pass the tractor on the left, realized the tractor was making a left turn, and swerved back into the southbound lane, in an attempted to avoid hitting the John Deere, but could not do so in time. Line suffered a minor injury to her left hand and her Jetta was towed from the scene; Sabourin was uninjured. Police said a ticket was pending.

•  On Jan. 19 at about 10 minutes before 11 p.m. stopped a gold 2004 Chevy Silverado on Route 7 in New Haven after seeing it swerve out of its lane. Troopers said the driver, Michael Kimball, 59, of Middlebury, showed signs of impairment, so they screened him and cited him for driving under the influence, second offense.

On Friday, Jan. 18, multiple law enforcement agencies from across Vermont and New York — including Vermont State police, Vergennes police and Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies — joined forces to perform a saturation patrol focusing on areas where traffic is often heavy and crash data is prevalent.

This enforcement was focused on the area of Route 4 and Route 22A across the borders, with the goal of providing consistent enforcement over an area of roughly 100 miles on a busy Friday night before the long Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. Route 7 from Bennington to Addison County was covered by our law enforcement partners, as well.

Studies show that drivers change their behavior for roughly five hundred to 1,000 feet after seeing a law enforcement officer, and then drivers return to their normal driving habits of speeding, using electronic devices, aggressive driving and failing to mover over for emergency vehicles on the side of the road. 

“Once people feel there is no law enforcement presence, they tend to exhibit poor driving behaviors that are not consistent with the law,” Rutland County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Kevin Geno said in a press release. “Therefore the hope is that seeing so many law enforcement officers out along the busy Route 4 and Route 7 corridor will significantly change the behaviors of the motoring public. The goal of the enforcement was to reach beyond state and county lines.”

During the enforcement, police stopped 265 vehicles resulting in issuing of many tickets and citations, including 98 speeding violations.

“No one enjoys receiving a ticket, but law enforcement officers would much rather write a ticket to save a life than deliver a tragic death notification,” Lt. Geno said. 

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