Public Safety

Mass man charged with DUI    
SEARSBURG- State police were notified of an erratic driver on Route 9 in Searsburg at about 12:44 am on Tuesday, May 8.  Bennington County Sheriff’s deputies stopped and held the vehicle for state police.  The driver, John Neville, 48, of Clarksburg, MA, was screened for driving under the influence and subsequently taken into custody.  He was charged with driving under the influence and released on a citation to answer the charge in Bennington Superior Court.

ATV driver injured in crash
TOWNSHEND- Police say a juvenile driver was injured after she lost control of the ATV she was driving on Back Windham Road at about 6:18 pm on Saturday, May 5.  Police say the 16-year-old was found unconscious and in need of medical care.  She was transported to Grace Cottage Hospital, and later transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by helicopter for severe head trauma.
According to police reports, the driver lost control of the 2015 Can-Am Outlander, causing it to travel off the dirt road and into a tree.  She was ejected from the ATV and sustained severe head injuries from the impact.  A helmet was found at the scene, and police determined that the driver had been wearing it before the crash, and that it had fallen off during the crash.

Wilderness camp mayhem
WOODFORD- Police charged a Bennington man with unlawful mischief after they investigated a vandalism complaint at about 7 pm on Sunday, May 6.  Police say Robert Gulley, 49, entered a campsite and damaged a tent and other equipment at the site in the George D. Aiken Wilderness Area.  He was cited to appear in Bennington Superior Court to answer the charge.

Driver in crash charged with DUI
WOODFORD- Police say Madison P. Pudvah-Gouin, 22, of Whitingham, was driving east on Route 9 at about 6:30 am on Saturday, May 5, when her vehicle crossed the centerline and crashed into several trees on a steep embankment.  
According to police, their investigation indicated Pudvah-Gouin was driving under the influence of alcohol and fell asleep while driving.  She was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was transported to Southern Vermont Medical Center for treatment of injuries.  She was charged with DUI and issued a ticket for driving without liability insurance.

Snoozing driver not injured
NEWFANE- Rebecca Anderson, 77, of Guilford, was traveling south on VT Route 30 at about 3 pm on Thursday, May 3, when she fell asleep at the wheel, according to police. Anderson’s vehicle drove off the right side of the road and traveled down a slight embankment.  Anderson was wearing a seat belt and airbags were deployed.  No injuries were reported.

Wanted camper nabbed
SOMERSET- On Thursday, May 3, at approximately 11:43 pm, state police responded to a campground in Somerset in an attempt to arrest a Bennington resident wanted on two active arrest warrants.  Police located and arrested Billy J. Stanley, 43, and transported him to the Southern State Correctional Facility in lieu of $26,000 bail.


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