Woman slips from handcuffs, runs from policeBy Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | November 22,2012A Clarendon woman was able to slip one of her hands from handcuffs and attempt to escape police custody during an incident at her home Monday evening, according to court documents.
Faith Shorey, 34, was arraigned in Rutland criminal court Tuesday where she pleaded innocent to three misdemeanor charges including hindering arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer and attempt to escape custody. She was released on $1,500 bail.
Vermont State Police Trooper Seth Richardson said in an affidavit Shorey was arrested Monday night after police received a complaint from a resident on Route 130 in Clarendon. The complaint alleged that Shorey and her boyfriend Tristan Taylor had tried to kick down an apartment door, the trooper said.
Shorey told Richardson an argument started after she confronted the person who complained. She said the person who complained came to her downstairs apartment and “began antagonizing” her and Taylor, according to Richardson.
Richardson wrote in the affidavit that when he met Shorey and Taylor, he could smell “a moderate amount of alcohol” on their breaths and they had bloodshot, watery eyes. He said Shorey was also unsteady on her feet and slurring her speech.
The state trooper said he learned Taylor had active pre-trial conditions of release that included not drinking any alcohol. Taylor said he knew of the condition and refused to give a breath sample, Richardson wrote in the affidavit.
While attempting to take Taylor into custody for violating conditions of release, Richardson said Shorey placed herself between the two men with her arms out saying “no” several times. After several verbal attempts asking her to move, Richardson attempted to physically move her aside several times.
“When I began moving (Shorey) this time, she kicked me ... striking my right knee,” the trooper wrote in the affidavit.
He used a arm bar take down on Shorey and while on the ground she continued to kick at him, before she was handcuffed and put into a cruiser, the affidavit said.
Richardson said while they also took Taylor into custody, Shorey attempted to escape into a wooded area behind the house.
“I observed that one of (Shorey’s) wrists was freed from the hand restraints,” he wrote in the affidavit. Once they caught up to Shorey, Richardson said Shorey had somehow been able to slip her left wrist through the handcuffs, unfasten her seat belt and run from the cruiser.
If convicted of the three misdemeanor charged, Shorey faces up to five years in prison.
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