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May 28, 2017

Derby Barracks / Vehicle Pursuit

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 17A502050

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr Daniel Lynch                        

STATION: Derby                   

CONTACT#: (802) 334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 05/28/2017, approximately 0020 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Derby, multiple locations in Charleston, Brownginton, Barton, Westmore

VIOLATION: Excessive speed, attempting to elude police, grossly negligent operation, multiple civil violations – investigation ongoing.

 

ACCUSED: Matthew Prue                                              

AGE: 37

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brownington, VT

 

VICTIM: NA

AGE:

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:


On 5/28/17 at approximately 0000 hours, VSP-Derby Troopers were notified of suspicious activity involving a GMC pickup parked in the woods in Derby.  While responding, troopers were notified the vehicle had left, heading towards Charleston.  Troopers searched the area between the scene and the suspect’s residence and located the vehicle pulled off the roadway on Rte 105 near Rte 5A in Charleston.  The operator was contacted and multiple indicators of heroin possession were observed within the vehicle, as well as indicators of impairment about the operator.  When the trooper directed the operator to step out of the vehicle to investigate the possible drug possession and impairment, the operator slammed the door and fled down Rte 5A at a high rate of speed.

 

The operator was pursued for approximately 20 minutes through Charleston, Brownington, Barton and Westmore, on multiple roadways as well as through fields, with speeds at times exceeding 100MPH.  He was observed throwing hypodermic needles and other small objects and bags out of the window during the pursuit, as well as to be operating erratically.  There was no other vehicle traffic on the roadways at the time.

 

Having identified the operator as likely being Matthew Prue, pursuing units slowed down the pursuit and increased their distance from the suspect vehicle.  When Prue drove towards a trooper who was attempting to turn around in the roadway causing the trooper to have to evade him, narrowly avoiding being rammed, and due to there still being little to no other vehicle traffic on the roadways at the time, the pursuit was continued to apprehend him.

 

The pursuit continued for several more minutes into the town of Westmore, briefly leaving the roadway into a field before returning to the roadway.  Due to Prue’s increasingly erratic operation, the pursuing units again slowed down and pulled back from the vehicle, at this point losing sight of it.  As the troopers rounded a corner in the direction Prue had driven, they observed the vehicle to have crashed into a tree, leaving the vehicle disabled with totaling damage in the roadway.  Prue was not found at the scene of the crash.


Troopers searched the area extensively, both on foot and with a K9 unit, and were unable to locate Prue.  At this time, Prue is still outstanding.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Pending

COURT DATE/TIME:            

COURT:

LODGED - LOCATION:     

BAIL:

MUG SHOT: NOT AVAILABLE

 

 

 

 

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