East Dorset man accused of violating conditions, impeding officer

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Manchester Journal

MANCHESTER — An East Dorset man was charged with multiple counts of violating his conditions of release after he allegedly showed up at the Manchester Police Department twice in one day and then fled from police when they asked him to submit to an alcosensor test.Clarke Comollo, of Benedict Road in East Dorset, had come to the Manchester station at about 8 p.m. on Christmas Day to check in with police, per the conditions of his release on charges lodged against him in June. But, Comollo had already checked in with police earlier that day.

In an arrest affidavit filed by MPD officer Carlton North, Comollo reportedly pulled into the police department parking lot, parked crooked and on the curb.

Officers said Comollo appeared confused and was unsteady on his feet, according to the court document, and then left the building. Officers tried to stop him, asking multiple times for him to submit to an alcosensor test, which is required of him under his conditions of release that were ordered in June, after Comollo pleaded not guilty to charges including misdemeanor domestic assault and simple assault on a protected professional.

Comollo got in his car and drove around the public safety building, a drive that circles around the facility.

Officers headed him off on foot and Comollo again stopped and talked to officers, again refusing to submit to an alcosensor test, and then drove away.

North said he pursued the vehicle on foot telling Comollo three times to stop, but Comollo left the parking lot.

Cpl. Jason Thomas said he smelled a faint odor of alcohol on Comollo.

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Thomas and North went to 117 Benedict Road in East Dorset where they talked to Comollo, who told them he had consumed wine after he arrived home. Comollo asked to submit to an alcosensor, which he refused.

Comollo was arrested and charged with four counts of violating his conditions of release for possessing alcohol, consuming alcohol, refusing to submit to an alcosensor test, and for being at the address where police found him, which is against his conditions of release.

He was also charged with one count of impeding a public officer, a felony.

According to court records, Comollo was arraigned on the charges Dec. 26 where he pleaded not guilty. He requested a public defender and the case was assigned to defense attorney Frederick Bragdon

Judge Kerry McDonald-Cady imposed conditions but did not require bail.

Three days later, Vermont State Police went to 117 Benedict Road to conduct a conditions of release check, according to a report issued by Trooper Nicholas J. Cervero.

Cervero said toopers found Comollo at the residence, a violation of his court order conditions of release.

Comollo was arrested and processed for violating his conditions of release.

He was issued a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 10 to answer to the charges.


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