BENNINGTON >> Police say a local man who stabbed another man twice during an incident on Chapel Road on Friday is being held without bail.
Michael Joseph Myers, 43, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after he allegedly forced a motor scooter off the road and stabbed the male driver, according to Bennington police.
The victim fled the scene with the help of a passerby, who took him to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for medical attention, police said. Police did not identify the victim and the man's condition was not available by press time.
Myers has an extensive criminal history in Vermont and police said he was on furlough at the time of his arrest.
Authorities were notified that a man had been stabbed on Chapel Road at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Bennington Police Department. Police said the victim had been riding a motor scooter on Chapel Road when he was forced off the road by the driver of a green Volvo, who was identified as Myers. Myers exited the car and immediately stabbed the victim twice before he took the victim's scooter and drove into downtown Bennington.
Local elementary schools went into lockdown when Myers was sighted around School and County Streets. Police said officers were assigned to local schools to maintain the safety of students and staff. A "controlled release" of students took place in each school after the lockdowns.
After a search involving Bennington police, the Bennington County Sheriff and Vermont State Police, Myers was located in a room at the Autumn Inn on Main Street. Myers ultimately exited the room he occupied and surrendered to officers.
Myers was taken to the Bennington Police Department and processed for the charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. He was taken to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland and is being held without bail. The Vermont Department of Corrections assisted Bennington police during the investigation.
Myers was 35 when, in 2009, he was sentenced to serve between 7 and 15 years in prison for a drunken altercation in which he drove his truck into a person's house. A jury had found him guilty of seven charges that stemmed from the March 2008 incident, including reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. Police said Myers was on furlough when he was arrested on Friday.
Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.