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March 2, 2017

DUI CRASH ARREST

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 17A201053                          
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Kirsten Skelly
STATION: VSP St. Albans                               
CONTACT#: (802) 524-5993

DATE/TIME: March 2, 2017 at approximately 0014 hours.
STREET: Highbridge Road
TOWN: Georgia
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Arrow Head Lake Road
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A
WEATHER: Clear
ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: Wade Merritt
AGE: 59    
SEAT BELT? Yes
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Fairfax, VT.

VEHICLE YEAR: 2000
VEHICLE MAKE: Ford
VEHICLE MODEL: Truck
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Damaged
INJURIES: Possible injuries
HOSPITAL: The Northwest Medical Center

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On March 2, 2017 at approximately 0014 hours, the Vermont
State Police received a report of a single motor vehicle crash on Highbridge
Road in Georgia, VT. The complainant advised that the operator of the vehicle
was possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both, and attempting
to leave the scene.

The Vermont State Police, the Georgia Fire Department, and AM Care Ambulance
Services arrived on scene and observed a 2000 Ford Truck approximately 50 feet
off of the roadway and down an embankment. Witnesses on scene advised that the
operator of the vehicle left the scene on foot.

The Vermont State Police located the operator, Wade Merritt, 59, at his
residence in Fairfax, VT. Wade was placed under arrest for suspicion of Driving
Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Criminal DLS. Wade
was transported to the VSP St. Albans barracks for fingerprints and processing. Wade was ultimately transported to the Northwest Medical Center to conclude processing with an evidentiary sample of his blood as evidence. At the conclusion of processing, Wade was released on a citation to appear at the Franklin County Superior Court on April 10, 2017 at 1300 hours to answer to the above charges.



PBT%: 0.00%
Vermont Civil Violation Complaint _______N/A_______ T23 VSA ____N/A___
LODGED - LOCATION: N/A
BAIL: N/A
MUG SHOT: N0
COURT ACTION: Yes
COURT: Franklin County Superior Court
COURT DATE/TIME: 04/10/2017 at 1300 hours  



*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.


Respectfully,

Trooper Kirsten Skelly
Vermont State Police – St. Albans
140 Fisher Pond Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: (802) 524-5993
Fax: F: (802)-527-1150