Police News Briefs


Man escapes injury after flipping car

EAST DORSET — An East Dorset man escaped injury after flipping his vehicle on snow-covered roads and hitting a tree just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 10.

According to a Vermont State Police news release, Timothy Ward, 46, of East Dorset was driving northbound in his 2017 Volkswagon Golf on Dorset Hill Road near the intersection of Morse Hill Road when he lost control in a snowstorm.

According to police, the vehicle went off the southbound side of the road, flipped onto the passenger side and hit a tree.

The vehicle sustained heavy damage to the driver's side, windshield and front end, along with minor passenger side and undercarriage damage, according to the report.

Ward was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured, police said.

Ward was issued three citations related to the crash including not maintain his lane, unreasonable speed for conditions resulting in a crash, and for having civilly suspended driver's license.

Vermont State Police received assistance from the Dorset Fire Department and Manchester Rescue.

Winhall man charged after crash

MANCHESTER — Manchester Police Department officers Jason Thomas and Ryan Matteson arrested Derek Rowe of Winhall on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash Jan. 13 after Rowe allegedly crashed into a telephone pole.

According to a MPD news release, the call came in just after midnight that a car had hit a pole near 2032 Main St. A witness saw Rowe getting picked up by a pickup truck and left the scene. A description of the pickup was broadcast to Winhall Police Department and officers were able to stop the truck and found Rowe, police said.

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Rowe is set to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division in Bennington on Feb. 4 to answer to the charges.

Driver crashes to avoid head-on

ARLINGTON — A Manchester man said he swerved to avoid a tractor-trailer rig that crossed the center line and ended up crashing on snow-covered roads just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Timothy Girdzis, 60, of Manchester told police he was traveling west on Route 313 near Sandgate Road in Arlington when an oncoming tractor-trailer crossed over the double yellow line.

Girdzis said he swerved to avoid a collision and went off the road.

Girdzis was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.

His 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sustained front-end damage.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Arlington Fire Department and Arlington Rescue.

Police investigate theft of chainsaws

MANCHESTER — Police officers are investigating the theft of two chainsaws that were reported stolen Jan. 3.

Manchester Police Department officers took the report that the chainsaws — an Echo Model CS-590-20 and an Echo Model CS-352-16 — were taken in the late evening hours of Jan. 3.

Anybody with any information about these chainsaws and holding those who took them responsible should contact MPD Officer Ryan Mattenson at 802-362-2121.


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