Winter weather leads to many crashes and one arrest
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | December 17,2012
Winter weather sent numerous drivers off the road while indirectly leading police to an alleged drunken driver.
Lance E. Ross, 38, of Dorset, was arrested for a third DUI offense and careless and negligent operation Sunday, police said, after he was found passed out in his car in the parking lot of the West Rutland Price Chopper.
Police said they found Ross because another motorist followed his vehicle’s tracks through the freshly fallen snow on Route 133, which showed him repeatedly weaving in and out of the wrong lane. Police said the other driver caught up to Ross and watched him continue to weave before stopping at Price Chopper, and then called 911 believing Ross was having a medical emergency.
Police said Ross was found to be “substantially impaired.”
Meanwhile, many other drivers around the southern half of the state had trouble staying on the road Sunday due to the slick conditions.
In Marlboro, police said a Connecticut man failed to take the curve on Higley Hill Road at the intersection with Auger Hill Road and skidded into a tree. Police said no one was hurt and the driver was cited for going too fast for conditions.
In Dummerston, another Connecticut man lost control on Interstate 91, police said, went into a spin, hit a guardrail and overturned, coming to a rest in the median. Police said the vehicle, a 2008 Ford F150, was a total loss and one passenger was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for contusions and abrasions. Police said the driver was issued a written warning.
In Guilford, police said a Massachusetts woman who was going 40 mph on Interstate 91 lost control after trying to slow down for the on-ramp at the welcome center. Police said she hit the guard rail and got a written warning.
Also on Interstate 91 in Guilford, police said a Connecticut woman totalled her 2004 Nissan Xterra when she lost control taking a slight curve at 60 mph, went off the road, hit and embankment and rolled over. Police said a passenger was treated at Brattleboro Memorial for a minor laceration and the driver was issued a written warning.
It was a busy day on Interstate 91 in Guilford, because police said a Jamaica, Vt., woman also totalled her car there — this time a 2002 Ford Explorer that went into the median, hit the rock ledges and overturned. Police said the driver and a passenger were taken to the emergency room but that they had no additional information Sunday evening.
There was at least one more on Interstate 91, where police said a Massachusetts man lost control and ran his 1998 Mercedes E320 into the sign for mile marker eight.
In Middletown Springs, police said a local man totaled a 2000 Chevy Prism on Route 140 due to “a combination of icy roads, defective equipment, and operator error.” Police said the driver was not injured.
In Pownal, police said a local woman totaled her 2007 Hyundai Elantra in a crash on Route 7.
The Vermont State Police said they wanted to remind travelers that wet roads can be extremely dangerous during the winter months and to take extra precautions when driving in those conditions.