Northfield man picks up a half-dozen new charges

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Eric Francis

Drug arrests stretch back to 2010

  NORTHFIELD, VT - A suspect who was supposed to be home under a 24-hour-a-day curfew while he awaits trial for a high-speed chase that he was allegedly involved in back in February is now facing a slate of additional charges.

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    James Capron, 26, was spotted by an alert Vermont State Police trooper late Thursday afternoon as Capron drove a car into a vehicle repair garage in Northfield.

    Sgt. John Helfant said that while Capron was being placed under arrest for driving despite a suspended license - fifth offense - and three counts of violating court-ordered conditions of pre-trial release, troopers noticed what appeared to be a heroin packets inside the 2006 grey Honda Accord Capron had been driving and they also reported finding a small amount of crack cocaine in his pocket.

    Police applied for and were granted a search warrant to go through the vehicle and Sgt. Helfant said that when they did so they found 100 bags of heroin and a half a gram of crack cocaine.

    Capron was arraigned on Friday at the Chittenden County Courthouse where he entered innocent pleas to driving while suspended and to the release condition violations charges as well as to a misdemeanor count of cocaine possession and a felony count of heroin possession.   At the conclusion of the arraignments, Capron was ordered returned to the Chittenden Correctional Center with a citation to appear in Washington Superior Court on May 23rd to address on-going cases there.

    Capron was arrested back in February alongside Victoria Stauff, 18, of Berlin at the conclusion of a chase up Interstate 89 northbound that had begun when state police tried to pull Capron over for speeding.  

    Police said Capron bailed out of the car on Addison Drive in Berlin, leaving some heroin behind in the vehicle, and was then chased on foot and eventually run down at Stauff's residence where police said they found evidence that the pair had allegedly been selling both heroin and cocaine.  The pair both pleaded innocent to heroin possession, sale of heroin and sale of cocaine and we released on pre-trial conditions.

    In 2010, Capron was arrested by a Vermont State Police trooper and ended up pleading innocent to misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, cocaine, and Suboxone after a state police trooper said he pulled his cruiser out of the driveway at the Royalton State Police Barracks and then watched as Capron crossed over the double-yellow lines right in front of the building.

James Capron, 26, of Northfield has been ordered held for allegedly violating a 24-hour curfew imposed by the court

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