Springfield fugitive arrested during routine traffic stop
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Springfield woman with a history of heroin-related arrests who’d disappeared from probationary supervision this summer was picked back up by police this past weekend when they noticed she was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over.
Jordan Ebelt, 26, was brought back into court in downtown White River Junction on Monday where she repeatedly stated from the defense table that she was “willing to wear an ankle bracelet” if the court would just let her back out; however, Judge Timothy Tomasi declined to re-release her.
“The problem is that Miss Ebelt has relapsed and she has relapsed in a major way,” Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill told the court as he described how Ebelt had fallen off of Vermont authority’s radar even as she accumulated criminal charges in other neighboring states.
“We need to start over again,” Cahill continued, urging the judge to consider moving Ebelt to rehab "when a treatment bed becomes available… releasing her to a treatment facility in the hope that it takes this time when it didn’t take last time.”
Citing Ebelt’s “multiple months of flight and failures to appear and a failure to engage in probation,” Judge Tomasi ordered her held for lack of $4,000 but said he would consider suspending it if she could get into residential treatment.
Since Ebelt was present on Monday, the court took the time to arraign her on new charges of misdemeanor heroin possession and driving while under the influence of drugs and she entered innocent pleas to both counts.
The drugged driving charge stems from a crash into a tree beside Parker Hill Road that took place late on the morning of June 16th. Springfield Police Officer Steven Neily said when he arrived on the scene an ambulance crew informed him that Ebelt had been driving and that she still “had paraphernalia in her hand and would not let it go.”
Officer Neily said that when he walked up to the wrecked Chevy Avalanche he could see “that Ebelt had a large blue rubber tourniquet in her right hand.” After he convinced her to drop it, Neily said Ebelt’s speech was “very slow and slurred” but he said she admitted to having used three bags of heroin prior to the crash. EMTs also reported removing two glass pipes from Ebelt’s pockets before she was taken to the hospital.
The possession charge stemmed from an encounter on July 6th when Officer Neily said he spotted Ebelt “staggering” down the street toward the Springfield Shopping Plaza and a subsequent search of her purse allegedly turned up needles and three bags of heroin stamped with the street brand name “BMW.”
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