• Chase ends in crash, arrest
    By Gordon Dritschilo
    Staff Writer | October 01,2012
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    A police chase that started in New York state Saturday ended with a crash in Shaftsbury, according to Vermont State Police.

    Michael Brillon, 20, of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., was arrested Saturday on charges including criminal refusal on a second offense of DUI, gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle, driving with a criminally suspended license and criminal possession of alcohol, according to police. He was held for lack of $1,000 bail.

    Police said a Washington County, N.Y., sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in Eagle Point around 10 p.m. Saturday when Brillon, driving a 1993 Chevrolet pickup, nearly struck him head-on and forced the deputy off the road.

    Police said the deputy chased Brillon as far as the state line, after which he continued to follow at a distance without lights or a siren. Police said Brillon ran a stop sign at the intersection of Mead and West Mountain roads in Shaftsbury, going so fast that the pickup became airborne and landed on Bouplon Hollow Road.

    Police said Brillon continued north but lost control, going off the east side of Bouplon Hollow Road and coming to rest in a drainage ditch.

    Brillon immediately got out of the car and charged at the deputy, who restrained him using pepper spray, according to police. Police said Vermont State Police troopers arrived minutes later and took Brillon, who was not hurt in the crash, into custody.

    Brillon, who police said faces several criminal charges and numerous traffic tickets in New York, is scheduled for arraignment today in Bennington criminal court.
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