More felony charges added to man’s slate
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | October 21,2013
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Weathersfield man who was already facing three felony charges in August for allegedly leading police on a pursuit through downtown Springfield on a dirt bike was back in court recently on three more felony charges.
Joey Bergeron, 32, has been held at the Springfield jail since August for lack of $15,000 bail, but the new charges stem from police investigations this summer.
In one of the new cases, witnesses told police they had seen Bergeron driving a gray 3-wheeler at a high rate of speed through the Upper Falls covered bridge and across a field and shortly thereafter saw him behind the wheel of a red Toyota Tundra pickup which had its rear window smashed out.
Weathersfield Police Chief William Davies wrote in his affidavit that the pickup appeared to have been the one that was stolen from the parking lot of a store in Downers Four Corners on Aug. 4 belonging to Russell Payson of Windsor. Payson had left it there that day while he caught a ride with friends to a fishing tournament on Lake Champlain.
The pickup was recovered the next day near the gun range on Route 106 “in complete disarray” with “extensive damage,” according to a statement Payson completed for police. The missing gray 3-wheeler was eventually recovered on a snowmobile trail off Amisden School Road.
Bergeron pleaded innocent to felony counts of operating without the owner’s consent and unlawful mischief and a misdemeanor count of petty larceny, all in connection with the pickup truck theft.
Two weeks ago, Bergeron pleaded innocent to a felony count of possession of stolen property for the theft of a black Polaris ATV from a Ludlow resident that state police said came to light after a Rockingham couple said they purchased it from Bergeron for $3,000 cash in July. After Vermont State Police Capt. Ray Keefe took a look at the ATV and used the VIN number on it to confirm it had been reported stolen, he said the disappointed couple turned over a handwritten sales receipt signed by “Seller Joe Bergeron” stating it was “as is — no warranty.”
In August, Bergeron pleaded innocent to attempting to elude police, grossly negligent operation of a vehicle and aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent after police said that Bergeron stole a gray Can-Am 3-wheeler out of the driveway of a former employer in Ludlow.
Bergeron now faces a total of six felony charges in Vermont, where he has been charged as a habitual offender due to his history, which includes nearly two dozen convictions for crimes ranging from burglary and possession of stolen property to escape. He also has open criminal cases pending in Massachusetts and Connecticut that he will face once he resolves his Vermont charges.