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Vermont State Police: Two men get DUI-2 charges on local roads

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Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — In the past week Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks cited two men in separate incidents for driving under the influence, second offense.

In the first incident, troopers on March 14 at a little before 6:30 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh after observing a violation. Troopers identified the driver as 69-year-old Morris Ellison of Ferrisburgh. While speaking with Ellison, police detected several signs of impairment, screened him and cited Ellison for DUI-2.

In the second, on March 15 at around 8:30 p.m. troopers stopped a motor vehicle on New Haven Road in Vergennes after observing a motor vehicle violation. They cited Gary Fisk, 56, of Bristol for DUI-2.

Meanwhile, this past weekend troopers from the New Haven barracks conducted two separate saturation patrols on Route 7 in order to enforce motor vehicle laws. In the first patrol on March 17 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. troopers concentrated on Route 7 in New Haven. They stopped nine vehicles and issued seven warnings and three traffic tickets for various violations.

A few hours later, on March 18 between midnight at 1:30 a.m., state police patrol Route 7 near the intersection of Route 22A in Ferrisburgh with an emphasis on speed enforcement. During the patrol, police stopped three vehicles for exceeding the posted speed limit, and issued one traffic ticket and three warnings for various violations.

In other recent activity, troopers:

•On March 13 at approximately 4:58 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle stop on Route 116 in Bristol after observing defective brake light. While speaking with driver Candi Freegard, 24, of Rutland police detected several signs of impairment, screened her and ended up citing Freegard for DUI-drugs.

•On March 14 at approximately 10:38 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh. Driver Richard Fisher, 22, of Ferrisburgh was transported to Porter Hospital for suspected injuries. While speaking with Fisher, troopers observed signs of impairment. Once cleared from the hospital, Fisher was transported to the New Haven barracks and was cited for DUI.

•On March 15 at 11:25 stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester. While speaking with the driver, Sgt. Flansburg saw the passenger swallow an item. The passenger, later identified as Taylor C. Woodward, 25, of Brandon, admitted the item was a baggie of cocaine, according to police. Flansburg searched the car and found what police described as a small quantity of heroin in a baggie, an empty plastic baggie, and a syringe. Police cited Woodward for possession of heroin.

When he got back to the New Haven barracks Sgt. Flansburg passed out, and he was revived by fellow troopers who administered several doses of the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan. Flansburg was treated and released from UVM Medical Center. Read a longer story on this incident on page 3A.

•On March 19 at around noon stopped a 1998 Saturn SL on Route 7 in Middlebury and cited Rebecca Labor, 48, of Middlebury for driving with a criminally suspended license.

•On March 19 at approximately 6:15 p.m. responded to the area of Monkton Road and Dean Road in Ferrisburgh for a report of a single-vehicle rollover. Vergennes firefighters extricated driver Lisa-Joy Schilling, 43, of Vergennes from the overturned vehicle and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad transported her to Porter Medical Center for treatment of suspected minor injuries. Police report that Schilling was driving southbound fast on Monkton Road, was unable to safely negotiate a curve, struck a guardrail, overturned, and travelled approximately 30 feet down an embankment. Her 2008 Ford Fusion was judged a total loss. Police said a traffic ticket was pending.

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