Vermont State Police Log: Police chase ends with multiple charges

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were involved in a car chase on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh in the early morning hours of March 12. It ended with a Burlington man behind bars and facing multiple charges.

At around 1:20 a.m. on this past Thursday troopers from the Vermont State Police New Haven barracks attempted to stop a car on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh for a motor vehicle violation. The vehicle failed to stop and continued through Vergennes and back onto Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, state police reported. 

After a brief pursuit, the vehicle stopped on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh. Police said they learned that a passenger in the vehicle had requested that the driver, identified as 48-year-old Lawrence Ritchie of Burlington, stop the vehicle but he refused.

State police arrested Ritchie and took him to the New Haven barracks for processing, and cited him for attempting to elude, grossly negligent driving, reckless endangerment and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Ultimately they lodged Ritchie at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for outstanding arrest warrants. 

Vergennes police assisted state police with this case.

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:

•  On March 11 conducted a distracted driving enforcement detail on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh between 5 and 6:30 p.m. The four troopers made 16 traffic stops and issued 14 traffic tickets and two written warnings. The tickets included 11 for distracted driving, two for driving without a license and one for failure to provide proof of financial responsibility and insurance.

•  On March 11 at about 10 minutes before 9 p.m. responded to a crash on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Police identified the driver as Andrew Webbe, 45, of Charlotte. Police screened Webbe for driving under the influence, took him to the Vergennes Police Department for processing, and released him with a citation for driving under the influence, third offense.

•  On March 15 at approximately 12:20 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 116 at the intersection of Lincoln Road in Bristol. Police report that their preliminary investigation indicated that a 17-year-old Lincoln resident driving a 2014 Subaru Crosstrek had stopped at the stop sign at the end of Lincoln Road and began to turn left onto Route 116 when a 2016 Dodge Caravan driven eastbound on Route 116 by Michelle Steady, 30, of Whiting collided with the front driver's side of the Subaru. Neither alcohol nor speed are believed to have played a factor in the collision.

Both the 17-year-old driver and a passenger in the Caravan were taken to Porter Medical Center for suspected minor injuries. Steady reportedly suffered no injuries.

Both vehicles were judged to be total losses.

Vermont State Police were assisted by Bristol police, fire and rescue. Route 116 was temporarily closed due to the incident. 

A civil violation ticket is pending, police said.

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