VERGENNES — Accidents and traffic law enforcement kept Vergennes police busy between June 30 and July 6, a seven-day period in which they handled eight mostly minor accidents and handed out significant tickets or paperwork after four motor vehicle stops.
The biggest ticket came just after midnight on July 1, when police stopped a full-size tractor-trailer unit on Monkton Road, which has a 24,000-pound limit. Police said they issued the driver a $4,500 ticket when the truck weighed in at 50,000 pounds.
On July 4, police cited Michael Obermayer, 21, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., into court for excessive speed. Police said they clocked his vehicle going 65 mph northbound in a 30 mph zone on West Main Street.
Also on July 4, city police issued court diversion paperwork to an under-21 female for possession of malt beverages and possession of marijuana (a small amount in a pipe) after stopping her car at about 1 a.m. on MacDonough Drive for defective equipment.
On July 6, they ticketed another northbound driver for failing to stop at the red light at Route 22A in Ferrisburgh. They also tested the driver for alcohol, but determined she was within the legal limit, and searched the car and found a syringe, but no drugs.
The first three accidents occurred on July 1. Near the Main Street police station, a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer unit produced only minor damage and no injuries. The other accidents that day were minor, on Main Street and West Main Street.
On July 2, a car backing out of the Small City Market parking lot did an estimated $3,000 damage to a car traveling on the road, and a woman reported to police that her car struck a pedestrian warning sign near a Main Street crosswalk.
On July 3, a man reported for insurance purposes that sometime in the prior 10 days the driver’s side of his vehicle had been struck, and police also handled an incident in which a van backed into a car at the Eagles’ Club parking lot after the city fireworks display.
Finally, on July 5, police responded to an accident at the downtown traffic light in which a car rear-ended a motorcycle stopped at the intersection. At first injuries were feared, but no one needed medical attention.
In other incidents between June 30 and July 6, Vergennes police:
• On June 30 found a purple mountain bike on Mountain View Lane.
• On June 30 responded to a complaint of a dog being locked in a car at the Aubuchon Hardware plaza. Police said the dog’s owners were letting the dog out when they arrived.
• On July 1 unsuccessfully searched for a man on behalf of Colchester police. City police said it related to a bad check case.
• On July 1 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad with a medical call at a Green Street business.
• On July 1 looked into a complaint of a youth banging on a Hillside Acres apartment door.
• On July 2 heard a report that a man, age 18 or 19 and wearing a hoodie, was looking into cars on First Street, and that someone fitting that description had also been seen doing so over the previous weekend.
• On July 2 began investigating a case of a dog biting a girl on the face at the city green.
• On July 3 looked into a possible drug case on Ice House Court.
• On July 6 cited Jessica Rickert, 28, of Vergennes for aggravated domestic assault and unlawful trespass. Police allege that Rickert entered a friend’s Hillside Acres apartment through a window and attacked him from behind, choking and punching him.