False information to police
James S. Billings, 75, of Colchester was cited on a charge of providing false information to police after he went to the Williston Police station and “provided a sworn written statement claiming he was with his son when his son used his handicap permit” on Nov. 8, according to police reports. No other information was released.
As the result of a motor vehicle stop on Nov. 13, Leah Martel, 27, of Burlington was cited on charges of possession of stolen property and providing false information to police, according to police reports. Justin Finnegan, 30, of Winooski was also cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license during the stop, the report notes. They were cited to appear in court.
Kyle M. Murphy, 27, of Underhill was cited on charges of driving under the influence-refusal and obstruction of justice on Nov. 16, according to police reports. No other information was released.
Driving with suspended license
Michael S. Patch, 35, of St. George was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license-criminal on Nov. 15, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.
Throughout the evening of Nov. 23, Vermont State Police responded to numerous calls of vehicles involved in crashes along I-89, including vehicles that slid off the interstate, as well as single vehicle and multiple vehicle crashes. Causes of the crashes included driving too fast for conditions, following too closely and equipment issues such as summer tires. During this time, portions of I-89 from mile marker 68 to 105, Route 2 in Williston and Route 15 in Essex and Jericho were nearly impassable.
The Vermont State Police are reminding motorists to prepare for winter driving. This includes vehicle inspections and tire inspections to ensure vehicles are equipped for winter travel.
In addition, motorists should plan on additional travel time due to the road conditions and only drive when necessary. Lastly, police recommend that drivers slow down and increase following distance between vehicles, and always wear seatbelts.
Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and the Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.