I-89 pursuit leads to DUI arrest in White River Junction
Chase began in the Quechee area on I-89
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A suspected drunk driver was arrested Thursday evening after he allegedly attempted to elude several police cruisers on Interstate 89 before he eventually came to a stop in the parking lot of a gas station just off Exit 11 in White River Junction.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, is in his mid-30s and first came to the attention of the Vermont State Police around 8 p.m. Thursday when fellow motorists called dispatchers to report that a small black car had hit some guardrails on the interstate and then proceeded south toward the Quechee exit.
Hartford Police Officer Eric Clifford recalled that "the Vermont State Police requested our assistance with their pursuit when they were around Mile Marker 5 and we jumped on around Mile Marker 2."
Once the car came to a stop in the parking lot of the gas station, Hartford officers removed the driver from the car and took over the investigation. The suspect cooperated with field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest after he gave a breath test that allegedly showed his blood alcohol level was well above Vermont's 0.08 percent legal limit for driving, officers said.
"He's going to be taken back to the police station and processed for suspicion of DUI and attempting to elude and possibly leaving the scene of an accident," Officer Clifford said.
Hartford Police Officer Thomas Howell watches the suspect perform a mental count to 30 seconds with his eyes closed as part of the field sobriety exercises
Police said that a roadside breath test led them to arrest the man on suspicion of drunk driving
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