March 31, 2011
High speed chase
Williston Police attempted to stop a black Honda Accord near Exit 12 on Interstate 89 in Williston for a defective equipment violation on March 27, according to police reports. The driver initially pulled to the side of the road and stopped, then drove southbound on I-89, the report notes. The male driver, later identified as Justin Sweeney, 30, of Ferrisburgh, and a male passenger were visible in the Honda, according to the report. An officer following the car on I-89 believes the occupants were throwing what appeared to be regulated drugs out the window while driving down the Interstate, according to the report.
According to police: the Honda reached speeds of approximately 110 mph on the Interstate, and exited the Interstate in Richmond; the operator drove east on Williston Road through Richmond and Jonesville, then took back roads through Huntington and Starksboro. An officer from the Hinesburg Police Department was able to deflate both passenger side tires using spike strips, forcing the driver to stop along Route 116 in Starksboro, where he fled the scene on foot, and was arrested a short distance from the car.
Sweeney had a current arrest warrant for “escape status,” according to the report. The passenger was released without criminal charges, the report notes. Sweeney was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center on the active arrest warrant and is facing multiple charges from the “failing to stop incident.” The car was seized and the Williston Police Department is applying for a search warrant for the vehicle, according to the report.
Vermont State Police, Williston Police, and Williston Fire and Rescue responded to Interstate 89 in Williston on March 26 for a report of a single vehicle crash with multiple injuries. Upon investigation, police said Ashley Griffin, 25, of Barre and Caryn Pletzer, 22, of Barre were driving south on the highway when they got into an argument, according to police reports. Pletzer was driving and Griffin was in the front passenger seat when she grabbed the steering wheel, causing Pletzer to lose control and roll the vehicle multiple times, according to the report. Both Pletzer and Griffin were transported by Williston Rescue to Fletcher Allen Health Care with back injuries, the report notes.
At the hospital, it was determined that Griffin and Pletzer were intoxicated and they were processed for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the report. Griffin was also cited on charges of grossly negligent operation of a vehicle and aggravated assault. DUI charges are pending blood-alcohol test results, the report notes.
Following a motor vehicle stop on March 25, Corey J. Blake, 23, of Barre was cited for possession of marijuana, according to police reports. He was also wanted on an active arrest warrant out of Washington County, the report notes. He was cited to appear in court and his vehicle was towed due to “several traffic violations,” according to the report.
Williston Police are investigating a burglary that occurred early in the morning on March 28 at Korpi Truck Service and Depot Hobbies & Antiques in Williston. Cash, green inspection stickers, model trains and trucks and a Snap On car computer were stolen, according to the report. The interior of the business was “ransacked,” the report notes. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611 or CrimeStoppers at 864-6666.
Driving with license suspended
•Steven Gabaree, 36, of Georgia was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on March 23, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.
•Joseph Geraw, 44, of Colchester was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on March 23, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court on May 2.
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.