Claremont father and sons arrested after car torched near VT campground

Police say teen had been furnished alcohol

WEATHERSFIELD, VT -  A Claremont man and his two adult sons allegedly tried to cover up a car crash by torching a wrecked Cadillac near the entrance to the Running Bear Campground shortly after midnight early Saturday morning.

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    Daniel Barry, 44, of Claremont has been charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor and with providing false information to a police officer.  His sons Tyler, 24, and Matthew, 22, have both been charged with third-degree arson, petty larceny and disorderly conduct and Matthew Barry also faces additional counts of leaving the scene of an accident and drunk driving - first offense.

    Vermont State Police Trooper Zachary Gauthier reported that the Vermont State Police were called to Route 5 near the campground around 12:40 a.m. Saturday for a report a vehicle fire in the roadway.  

    When troopers arrived they found a 2005 Cadillac fully engulfed in flames and noted that it had significant front end damage from an unknown collision.

     "At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that earlier in the night Daniel Barry allowed a juvenile to consume alcohol on his campsite along with his sons Matthew Barry and Tyler Barry," Trooper Gauthier reported, adding, "Matthew Barry and an unnamed juvenile then left the campsite operating a 2005 Cadillac CTS belonging to Daniel Barry. While driving in Windsor, Matthew Barry crashed the vehicle, causing damage to personal property. They left the scene of the crash without notifying the owner or law enforcement of the damage. They returned to the campground and following a dispute amongst the individuals and the car owner, attempted to drive the heavily damaged car to New Hampshire."

    Upon exiting the campsite, the vehicle became inoperable.  The Barry brothers stole a nearby neighbors can of gasoline, dowsed the inside of the car and lit it on fire. All three subjects fled the scene and were later located in New Hampshire by the Claremont Police Department," Trooper Gauthier concluded.

     After being issued a citation to appear in Windsor County Superior Court Criminal Division later this month for arraignment on his charges, Tyler Barry was transported to the Sullivan County House of Corrections and lodged "due to his high level of intoxication," Trooper Gauthier added.

     The Vermont State Police were assisted by the Ascutney Fire Department, the Claremont Police Department and the Windsor Police Department during investigation.   

Matthew Barry, 22, of Charlestown, NH faces multiple charges including DUI and arson

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