BRATTLEBORO -- A Massachusetts man was sentenced to serve up to two years in prison for the Vermont portion of a crime spree that included break-ins and stolen vehicles.
Shawn M. Tripodes, 19, of North Adams, pleaded guilty Monday in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division to several charges related to a stolen car and a high-speed chase that started in Whitingham.
The plea deal carries a sentence of 18 months to two years behind bars.
For practical purposes, though, that sentence doesn't mean much to Tripodes: He already is serving two to four years in a Massachusetts prison after pleading guilty to 19 charges there earlier this year.
Tripodes will serve his Vermont sentence concurrently with the Massachusetts time, a resolution that "makes the most sense going forward," said Steven Brown, Windham County deputy state's attorney.
Vermont State Police were summoned to Merrifield Road in Whitingham in the early morning hours of April 9 for a report of a stolen Subaru Forester. State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Trudeau said he responded and, after a few minutes, noticed a car pull out of a nearby driveway.
That was a Toyota Camry with Massachusetts plates, and it also was stolen, court documents say.
Trudeau tried to stop the Camry, but the driver -- later identified as Tripodes -- fled south on Route 100 at speeds of about 80 mph.
"This section of roadway is very windy, and I observed on numerous occasions the vehicle traveling in both the north and southbound lanes, crossing over the yellow centerline and at times traveling over the white fog line," Trudeau wrote in an affidavit.
Approaching Readsboro, where speed limits decreased to 25 mph, "Tripodes continued to operate in a grossly negligent manner and kept the speed of his vehicle at approximately 80 mph throughout the residential downtown area," the affidavit says.
Tripodes' speed exceeded 100 mph before he skidded off the road at Route 100 and Route 8, hitting several small trees and a utility pole guide wire. The chase covered almost seven miles.
Tripodes tried to flee on foot and was arrested. He and a passenger in the car suffered minor injuries in the crash; police said Tripodes also admitted that he had smoked marijuana on that day.
Court papers say the Camry belonged to a Florida, Mass., man and was a total loss. Inside the car, police found "numerous" stolen items including credit cards, gift cards, wallets and a Vermont driver's license.
The cards and driver's license had been stolen from a Stamford woman, police said.
The stolen Subaru, which originally had brought police to Whitingham, was found about three miles from the home where the theft had been reported.
Massachusetts authorities have said Tripodes and a codefendant, also from North Adams, had been stealing cars and ditching them in several towns. They reportedly traveled to Greenfield, Mass., where they bought gas and items at Walmart and Staples using stolen credit cards, and then entered Vermont, where the crash happened.
In August, Tripodes pleaded guilty to Massachusetts charges including motor vehicle theft, breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, wanton destruction of property, larceny and receiving stolen property.
At the time, Tripodes reportedly said he was "young and dumb. Thinking I was cool. Doing stupid things."
He did not address the court Monday morning in Brattleboro, where he pleaded guilty to eluding, driving under the influence of drugs, aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner's consent and two counts of possessing stolen property.
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