The Vermont State Police disseminate press releases for significant criminal or public safety incidents and arrests, but it is not intended to document every public contact or response to a call-for-service. If you have a question regarding an incident or case, please contact your local state police barracks or the public information officer. Please note press releases are available on this blog for 6 months following their public release. Please contact the public information officer if you need access to one that is older.

Search This Blog

December 15, 2016

Press Release/ VT State Police/ C&N, Possession of Cocaine/ 16B105358

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 16B105358

TROOPER: J Lewis                              

STATION: VSP St. Johnsbury                    

CONTACT#: 802-222-4680

 

DATE/TIME: 12/9/2016

LOCATION: VT Route 113, Thetford

VIOLATION: Careless and Negligent Operation, Possession of Cocaine

 

ACCUSED: Benton Prior                                                 

AGE: 20

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Thetford, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On December 9th 2016 at approximately 0045 hours Trooper's

with the VT State Police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on

VT Route 113 in Thetford. Road conditions at the time were poor as the roadway

was snow covered and icy. Troopers followed the vehicle which was swerving

between the lanes of the roadway. Troopers conducted a traffic stop for speed  a

violation of Title 23 VSA 1081(b) and Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic

Title a violation of 23 VSA 1038. The operator of the vehicle was identified as

Benton Prior of Thetford. Troopers observations during the stop, led them to

seize the vehicle for suspicion of drugs. The vehicle was towed to the Bradford

VT State Police Outpost and Troopers were later granted a search warrant for the

vehicle. During a search of the vehicle Troopers located a small amount of

marijuana and cocaine. Troopers later met with Prior who was issued a Citation

to appear in the Orange County Superior Court  on January 25th 2017 to answer to the

charges of Careless and Negligent Operation and Possession of Cocaine.  

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE: 1/25/2017            

COURT: Orange

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A     

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: NOT AVAILABLE

PBT:  NOT CONDUCTED

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.