Man sentenced for crashing into truck
BENNINGTON — An Arlington man admitted on Nov. 29 to driving his truck into a woman’s car on Oct. 21 while the woman and a 4-year-old child were inside. He was given a two- to five-year prison sentence but was released on pre-approved furlough.
Phillip A. Morse Jr., 25, of Arlington, was arraigned in Rutland criminal court in October on felony charges of second-degree aggravated domestic assault and aggravated stalking and misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
As part of the plea agreement into which he entered on Thursday, Morse pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors and the state dismissed the felony charges.
Morse was charged after police said a woman told them that she had a confrontation with Morse in Sunderland on Oct. 21. He wanted to talk to her but she told police he seemed very agitated so she drove off with her 4-year-old child.
The woman told police that Morse followed her and tried to get her to stop. He passed her and eventually stopped in front of her, causing her to have to stop as well.
When the woman tried to drive around his vehicle, he pulled to the left and collided with the truck she was driving.
In May, Morse was convicted of domestic assault for an incident from September 2011 involving the same woman. He received a sentence of probation which was revoked on Nov. 28.
During the hearing on Nov. 28, Bennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Alexander Burke said the state was concerned about how successful Morse would be in a domestic violence treatment program because of the proximity between being put on probation in May and the October incident but said “the state will not be so lenient” if there was another incident.MORE IN Southern Vermont
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