Hinesburg man dies in car crash
On July 23 at approximately 11 p.m., Williston Police, Vermont State Police, Williston Fire and Rescue and the Richmond Fire Department responded to a single motor vehicle crash in the area of 9505 Williston Road. The accident resulted in the driver’s death and the injury of a passenger, according to police.
Williston Police had attempted to stop a Chevy Blazer for “erratic operation” on U.S. 2 in Williston, but police say the driver of the car refused to stop and attempted to elude police by continuing east on the road at speeds in excess of posted limits. The Blazer failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, went off the road and crashed nearly head-on into a tree and telephone pole, according to information from Vermont State Police, who are investigating the crash. The impact caused extensive front-end damage to the vehicle, according to state police.
The driver was identified by Williston Police as Paul J. West, 32, of Hinesburg and his passenger as James N. Savard, 35, of Burlington. Savard was taken to the hospital with “non life-threatening injuries,” according to police.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact State Police in Williston at 878-7111.
Burglary at Agway
Williston Police are investigating a burglary at Agway on Essex Road that occurred on July 25.
Police say a 2005 black Carry-On equipment trailer and a new Snapper Pro S50x black and red lawnmower were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611 or Crime Stoppers at 864-6666.
Sex offender arrested
Following a traffic stop on July 21, Alfred M. Leppanen, 63, of Huntington was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply with the sex offender registry, according to police reports. He was taken to Chittenden District Court. No other information was released.
Police went to the home of Eric S. Johnson, 36, of St. George on July 21 to serve a warrant, and subsequently arrested him, according to police reports. He was taken to Chittenden County Correctional Center and held on $300 bail, according to the report.
An Oak Hill Road resident called police on July 22 after seeing a car stopped on the side of the road accompanied by “yelling” and then someone “firing shots from the vehicle,” according to police reports. Police investigated and discovered the “individuals were in fact hunting coyotes,” according to the report.
Driving under the influence
• Following a motor vehicle stop on July 23, Kayleigh E. McAllister, 21, of Williamstown was cited on a charge of driving under the influence, according to police reports. Her blood alcohol test registered .20, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. McAllister was taken to Act 1 detoxification center and cited to appear in court.
• Jeffrey K. Wallace, 39, of Williston was cited on a charge of driving under the influence following a motor vehicle stop on July 25, according to police reports. His blood alcohol test registered .144, according to the report. He was “processed and later released to family,” the report notes.
A vehicle parked at Christmas Tree Shops was broken into on July 25, according to police reports. The doors of the vehicle were locked but a window was down and $50 worth of belongings were stolen, the report notes.
Driving with suspended license
Following a motor vehicle stop on July 23, Amy Connelly, 26, of Highgate was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court on Aug. 23.