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Vermont State Police: Man cited for DUI-2 after crash

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Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police alleged that a South Burlington man was driving drunk when he rear-ended a car waiting to make a turn on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh on March 6.

On that Wednesday at a little before 6:30 p.m. troopers received a call about the crash just north of the Ferrisburgh fire station. Officers determined that Sefik Valentic, 55, of South Burlington was driving a 2010 Ford truck northbound on Route 7 and failed to slow down for the vehicle in front of him, driven by 70-year-old Judith Giusto of Ferrisburgh, who was stopped and waiting for southbound traffic to clear to make a left turn. 

While speaking with Valentic, state police said that the showed signs of impairment, so the investigated further and found he was under the influence of intoxicants. Troopers took Valentic into custody, took him to the New Haven state police barracks for processing and released him after issuing a citation for driving under the influence, second offense, and a ticket for following too close.

That wasn’t the only DUI citation that state police issued in Addison County in the past week. 

On March 7 at approximately 10:35 p.m. troopers saw a vehicle traveling northbound on Route 7, south of the Maplefields gas station, in New Haven at 81 mph in a posted 50 mph zone. 

A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the operator was identified as Cagnina. While speaking with Cagnina, Troopers also detected signs of impairment. Cagnina was screened for this roadside and subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI. Cagnina was transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing and later released on a citation for the offense of Excessive Speed and DUI. Police stopped the car and issued Leeann Cagnina, 32, of Johnson, R.I., citations for DUI and speeding.

Separately, on March 9 at about 10 minutes until midnight state police saw an equipment violation and stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Middlebury. After screening Robert Mccuen, 45, of Brandon, troopers cited him for DUI.

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:

•  On March 4 at approximately 6:21 p.m. saw a tractor-trailer cross the centerline multiple times on Route 22A in Bridport and stopped the vehicle. Police cited William A. Bostwick, 60, of Guilford for negligent driving.

•  On March 5 at just after 11 a.m. responded to a report of a simple assault in Ferrisburgh. Troopers said they learned that William Herrington, 66, of Vergennes had physically assaulted another person. They took Herrington to the New Haven barracks and cited him for simple assault.

•  On March 6 stopped a motor vehicle stop on Route 116 in Bristol after the trooper saw a driver he knew to have a suspended license. The trooper cited Cheryl Barrows, 54, of Salisbury for driving with a criminally suspended license and violation of conditions of release.

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