Vermont State Police Log: Accident ends with several citations

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a one-car rollover crash off Route 7 at Church Hill Road in Charlotte at around 6:45 p.m. this past Monday, June 29.

Troopers said that when they got to the crash they talked to the driver, identified as 48-year-old Todd Hotaling of Bristol, and they noted several signs of impairment. Hotaling was transported to UVM Medical Center for medical evaluation. 

While at the hospital, Hotaling acted in a loud, threatening and tumultuous manner, loudly using profanities and causing a disturbance in the emergency department, state police alleged in a report. Hotaling also threatened violence against a medical worker and later assaulted the same medical worker, the added.

After being medically cleared, state police took Hotaling into custody and transported him to the Williston barracks for processing. They cited him for driving under the influence, negligent driving, disorderly conduct, criminal threatening and simple assault, and released him. 

In other recent activity, troopers:

•  On June 24 at approximately 6:30 a.m. fielded a report of a one-car crash on Route 30 near Clark Road in Cornwall. Police report that Etta Aines, 75, of Sudbury was driving a Ford Escape northbound on Route 30 at approximately 50 mph. Police said she began to lose control of her vehicle, probably due to heavy rain, and traveled off the northbound shoulder of the road and struck a tree head-on, struck a guardrail, traveled across the highway towards the southbound shoulder and came to a stop.

Aines sustained a minor head injury and was taken to Porter Hospital. The vehicle was totaled.

Police are still investigating and ask anyone who may have witnessed it to contact them at the state police barracks in New Haven. They don’t believe that speed or impairment were contributing factors in this crash. 

State police were assisted on scene by members of the Cornwall Fire Department and Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services. 

•  On June 24 reported that Det. Trooper Patrick Slaney of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations had located Andrew Noble, 39, Starksboro. Back on May 22, BCI had been told that Noble was out of compliance with the Vermont Sex Offender Registry. Troopers took Noble into custody, cited him for not reporting to the registry as required by the courts, and released him.

•  On June 26 released the results of an investigation that began on May 25, when state police were made aware of an on-going issue between two parties. Police said their investigation showed that Lucy Thompkins, 44, of Burlington had disturbed the peace by use of telephone. During the investigation troopers allege that Thompkins had criminally threatened the victim as well. State police found Thompkins and cited her for criminal threatening and disturbing the peace by use of telephone.

•  On June 29 at approximately 10:05 a.m. went to the site of a car crash at on Route 116 near Notch Road in Bristol. Police found the vehicle off the highway, where it appeared to have extensive damage after striking a utility pole. Troopers found the driver, identified as 27-year-old Taylor Woodward, of Brandon, a short distance away walking away from the crash. Police cited Woodward for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of violation of conditions of release and driving with a suspended license.

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