BENNINGTON -- A Manchester Center man is facing his third charge of drunk driving after police said he was involved in a crash, then fled into the woods while the crash was being investigated and lied about being the driver.

Michael T. Moskalski, 44, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to a third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless or gross negligent vehicle operation, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and a second offense of driving with a suspended license.

He was released on conditions that he not drive, consume alcohol, contact witnesses, and must check in twice per day at the Manchester Police Department.

According to an affidavit by Winhall Police Sgt. Josh Epstein, on Monday short before 7 p.m. he was dispatched to a two-car crash near the Bromley View Hotel on Route 30 in Winhall. There he met a male who said the driver of one of the cars appeared intoxicated and removed a wine bottle from the vehicle. The man's wife was standing with the driver, Moskalski, nearby. The woman tried to keep Moskalski from walking away, but he ran into the woods with Epstein chasing after, shouting, "Stop, police."

Epstein called for back up and Moskalski was tracked through fresh snow and located across a river. He denied being the driver, but footprints from the vehicle and witnesses indicated otherwise, as did the key to one of the crashed cars being found in his pocket.

Moskalski appeared heavily intoxicated but he refused all tests and refused to sign papers saying he refused to take them.

Police learned the driver of the other car was four months pregnant, and that she swerved to avoid Moskalski as he entered her lane, however on moving back the front of her car hit his. Moskalski's vehicle was found in a ditch and had hit a utility pole. Winhall Police said via a press release that the woman was treated for minor injuries.

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