Former city attorney to answer to hit-and-run charges ThursdayMay 01,2013By Brent Curtis
Former Rutland City attorney Christopher Sullivan has been charged with two felony offenses in the death of Mary Jane Outslay, according to the Vermont Attorney General's Office.
Sullivan, 53, has been issued a citation to appear in Rutland criminal court Thursday to answer to felony charges of leaving the scene of a crash, death resulting and driving under the influence with death resulting. Both charges carry a maximum 15-year jail sentence.
State prosecutors declined to discuss any specifics of the case on Wednesday.
However, court records made public Wednesday that concerned a pair of Vermont State Police search warrants indicated that the drunken driving charge was based in part on statements Sullivan provided to police.
In the search warrants, sought by police for Sullivan's cell phone and the 2004 Lexus sedan he was driving the night of the crash, police say Sullivan told them that on April 10 he visited a downtown bar and consumed three glasses of wine at around 5:15 p.m.
He then traveled to a friend's house in the northwest section of the city where he told police he drank three to four beers and ate some ribs.
At about 7:50 p.m., Sullivan left to pick up his son who works at Hannaford supermarket off Route 7 in Rutland Town.
Sullivan told police that while driving on Strongs Avenue at about 8 p.m. he heard a "thud" and panicked. He told police that instead of stopping, he drove to the Hannaford parking lot where he noticed that his car's hood and windshield was damaged. Seventeen hours later, at 1 p.m. on April 11, Sullivan identified himself as the driver involved in the crash that killed the 71-year-old woman.
The former longtime city attorney also turned over his 2004 Lexus sedan to Vermont State Police and Rutland City police investigators who spent the better part of three weeks collecting and analyzing evidence in the case. While faced with two serious felony offenses, Sullivan remains free and it's unclear whether prosecutors will ask for bail at his arraignment. An assistant attorney general declined to comment about bail or any details of the case on Wednesday afternoon.MORE IN This Just InSHELBURNE - Long-time Vermont television newsman Marselis Parsons has died. He was 70. Full StoryWhen Brookelyn Kimball was just 4, she began to struggle with everyday tasks. Full Story
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