Vergennes Police Log: Three crashes probed

VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded to three motor vehicle accidents between June 7 and 13.

The most serious occurred on June 9 at the junction of Route 7 and Monkton Road. Police said a driver rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the traffic light, knocking it into the path of a third vehicle.

Police said the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS) treated the first driver on the scene for non-life-threatening injuries and transported her to Porter Hospital. Other drivers suffered minor injuries, police said, while one vehicle was probably totaled and the other two were moderately damaged.

On the same day police dealt with a less serious fender-bender on North Street near the Post Office.

On June 13 one motorist’s vehicle struck another’s vehicle on Panton Road. The driver of the vehicle that was struck said the other driver got out of his vehicle and yelled at her before driving off. Police couldn’t find the offending driver.

Between June 7 and 13, police also conducted five cruiser patrols and one foot patrol, and also:

On June 7:

•  Cited a juvenile Northlands Job Corps student for simple assault for allegedly twice slapping another student. In general, police said Northlands has been quiet in recent months.

•  Heard a complaint from a Champlain Farms store customer that another customer had elbowed him in the ribs. Police said the victim declined to make a statement.

•  Helped VARS at a medical call at Vergennes Elderly Care.

On June 9:

•  Called VARS to take a drunken Walker Avenue resident to Porter Hospital. Police said they were called because she was harassing passersby, and they discovered her blood-alcohol content tested at 0.375%. As a matter of comparison, the legal blood-alcohol content for driving is 0.08%.

•  Began investigating damage to the Vergennes Union Elementary School sign. Police said a vehicle backed into the sign and then left the scene. Police said they have a suspect.

•  Took a report from a Green Street resident that a neighbor was yelling obscenities at her while she was gardening; police said the resident said at this point she just wanted to document the incident.

On June 11 began investigating the earlier theft of a DVD player from Kinney Drugs. Police said they have a video of the incident they are using in the investigation.

On June 12:

•  Looked into a complaint that a man had punched a vehicle on Panton Road. Police said the man said he had, but that it was his truck and he was mad at his girlfriend sitting inside it. Police added the girlfriend is obtaining a relief-from-abuse order.

•  Contacted the Department for Children Families after checking the welfare of a juvenile girl who had taken an excessive amount of prescription drugs. Police arranged a meeting with the girl, her father and DCF personnel.

•  Called VARS to assist a person who had an allergic reaction in the vicinity of Falls Park, possibly to a bee sting. VARS took her to UVM Medical Center.

•  Heard from a Sunset Drive resident that his girlfriend’s ex-husband was constantly driving by his home. Police already had an order to serve the ex-husband a relief-from-abuse order but had not been able to find him. They were able to do so the next day.

On June 13 spoke to a Route 7 motorist they had been told had thrown beer bottles from a car, but learned it was a false report.

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