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Police: Car clocked at 94 mph on U.S. 7

A Townshend woman has been cited on multiple motor vehicle infractions after being clocked on radar at 94 miles per hour on U.S. Route 7, Vermont State Police said.

State Police said that at about 4 p.m. Sunday, troopers observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed near the Manchester-Sunderland town line. Upon activation of the cruiser's radar device, the vehicle's speed was recorded at 94 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The driver, identified as Emily Diamantopoulos of Townshend, told police she was running late and was completely unaware of her speed, state police said.

According to state police, Diamantopoulos was issued a civil violation complaint for speeding, which carries a waiver penalty of $585 and two points, and was cited to appear in court on charges of negligent operation, excessive speed, and reckless endangerment.

Two cited for DUI in saturation patrol

Vermont State Police said a saturation patrol focusing on driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs resulted in two arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence and numerous tickets and warnings.

According to state police, between 10 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, troopers from the Shaftsbury barracks conducted patrols in Rupert, Readsboro, Bennington, Shaftsbury and Manchester.

While on patrol, troopers conducted 41 traffic stops, issuing nine civil complaints and 38 written warnings, in addition to citing two drivers to appear in court on charges of driving under the influence.

Several other drivers were screened for possible impairment but were found to have been under the legal limit of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content, the legal limit for driving under the influence under Vermont law.

Peru crash leads to charges for Winhall man

A Winhall man has been ordered to appear in court to face a driving under the influence charge following a one-vehicle crash on Route 11 in Peru early Friday morning.

Vermont State Police from the Shaftsbury barracks said they responded to a report of a crash on Route 11 at 2:47 a.m. on Friday. When they arrived, they found a pickup truck on the south side of the highway. It appeared the vehicle had left the roadway on the north side of Route 11, struck an embankment, and re-entered the roadway.

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During the investigation, it was determined that Ross A. Lorenzoni of Winhall was the operator of the vehicle, state police said. Lorenzoni was later arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, transported to the Winhall Police Department for processing, and cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division, on January 13.

Winhall Police assisted at the scene.

Arlington man cited for DUI, ordered to appear

An Arlington man has been ordered to appear in court after being cited early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Vermont State Police said at 1:10 a.m. Friday, they pulled over a vehicle on No Name Road in Arlington for a motor vehicle equipment violation.

The driver, identified as Richard Bartholomew, 31, of Arlington, showed signs of impairment and was screened for driving under the influence, according to state police.

Bartholomew was taken into custody and processed at the state police Shaftsbury barracks, according to state police. He was cited to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division on January 13 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Dorset man faces charges of violating release conditions

An East Dorset man has been ordered to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division in February to answer charges alleging he violated his conditions of release.

Manchester Police Cpl. Chris Mason said Clarke Comollo, 63, of East Dorset, had come to the Manchester station at about 8 p.m, to check in with police, per the conditions of his release following an earlier arrest. Those conditions included that he abstain from alcohol and submit to testing.

According to Manchester police, Comollo then drove away from the station, pursued by Cpl. Jason Thomas and Officer Carlton North. He refused to stop for officers when ordered to do so, Mason said.

Police pursued Comollo to a residence on Benedict Road in East Dorset, Mason said.

According to Vermont State Police, who responded to the residence, their investigation revealed that Comollo had consumed alcohol, and refused to submit to a preliminary breath sample, both in violation of his court-ordered conditions.

The release conditions were ordered in June, after Comollo pleaded not guilty to charges including misdemeanor domestic assault and simple assault on a protected professional.

State Police said Comollo was issued a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division on Monday, Feb. 17.


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