Not guilty plea to impeding police

BENNINGTON -- A Manchester woman is facing a felony charge of impeding police after she allegedly refused to exit her vehicle when police told her to.

Holleigh Kelly, 22, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of impeding a public officer and a misdemeanor charge of depressant/stimulant/narcotic possession. She was released on conditions.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper Wayne Godfrey, on Sept. 2 he was on Depot Street in Manchester at a DUI checkpoint when a vehicle came to the checkpoint at a high rate of speed. He said he and other officers yelled for it to stop a number of times and the driver did. Godfrey said he spoke to Kelly, and smelled burnt marijuana in the vehicle. He said Kelly admitted to talking on her cell phone and being distracted. Godfrey said he had his dog smell Kelly's vehicle and the animal indicated the presence of drugs.

Godfrey said he told Kelly to get out of the vehicle but she refused and was talking on her cell phone. He said he reached in to unbuckle her seatbelt and she blocked him. With help of other officers Kelly was removed and placed into custody. She consented to police searching her vehicle Godfrey said two and a half narcotic pills and some containers with marijuana residue were found.


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