Springfield man sentenced for New Year's Day pursuit in Weathersfield
Resulting crash sent two to the hospital
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Springfield man who totaled his SUV on New Year’s Day following a brief police pursuit up Weathersfield Center Road was sentenced this week.
Nicholas Lynch, 36, pled guilty this week to a felony count of attempting to elude a police officer and to an accompanying misdemeanor charge of grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle
Lynch was sentenced to an additional 3-to-30 months which he will serve consecutive to the sentences he is already serving for previous unrelated convictions. When credit for time already served and other factors are taken into account, Lynch’s earliest possible release date is now July 4th of this year.
On the afternoon of January 1st, Weathersfield Police Officer Larry Muldoon was patrolling south along Weathersfield Center Road in a 40 mph zone when Lynch sped past him headed north at 64 mph, Muldoon recalled in an affidavit filed with the court.
Muldoon said that as he made a three-point turn and flipped on his blue lights he could see Lynch was already accelerating away from him and so he “quickly lost sight of the vehicle.”
Two miles later, Muldoon came upon Lynch’s wrecked Ford ECP near the intersection with Jarvis Road where it had missed a curve, crossed the center line, left the pavement, gone airborne off a small hill, crossed a field, gouged the base of a large tree and travelled another 15 feet before striking another tree and a group of mailboxes after which it had finally spun to a stop in a ditch.
Both Lynch and his passenger, Lisa Daniels, were still in the SUV and both told Muldoon that they had sustained leg injuries which necessitated their extrication from the vehicle by firefighters.
Officer Muldoon said that Lynch told him that he’d had one beer earlier in the day before he blew a 0.053 percent alcohol level on a roadside breath test, which is below the 0.08 threshold for drunk driving in Vermont.
“Lynch also stated that he had taken his regular dose of Suboxone as prescribed,” Muldoon noted.
In his report, Muldoon said the Daniels told him she and Lynch “had been arguing at the time they saw me pass them…(and Daniels) reluctantly stated that Lynch also saw me turn on my lights and she did not know why he did not stop,” even though she had urged him to do so.
Doctors at Springfield Hospital ended up treating Lynch for fractures to his right ankle and a leg bone while Daniels was treated for multiple contusions across her torso and legs.
In December 2014 Lynch was convicted of selling heroin in Windsor County and sentenced to 1-to-3 years in jail. Then in January 2015 he was convicted in Windham County of attempting to elude a police officer and sentenced to 12-to-18 months in jail. In May 2015 Lynch was back in Windsor County court where he was convicted of felony counts of unlawful trespass into an occupied residence and unlawful mischief as well as misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and violating court-ordered conditions of pre-trial release. That set of convictions resulted in a one-and-a-half-to-five year sentence from which he was paroled in March of 2016.
Nicholas Lynch, 36, of Springfield admitted to attempting to elude police before his New Year's Day crash
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