Court Log

Saturday January 7, 2012

-- Leland Burdick, III is facing up to two years in prison for allegedly driving under the influence on Oct. 28.

Burdick, 27, of Pittsfield, N.H., pleaded not guilty on Tuesday during his arraignment to misdemeanor DUI.

According to the affidavit, Vermont State Police Sgt. Mike Sorensen responded to a rollover crash along I-91 near mile-marker 3 in Guilford, just before midnight on Oct. 28.

When he arrived, Burdick identified himself as the driver and that there was an odor of intoxicants coming from him, Sorensen wrote.

Burdick allegedly was traveling in the northbound passing lane and his vehicle went into the grass median where it struck some scrub brush that caused his Jeep Grand Cherokee to roll over.

When Sorensen asked Burdick if he had anything to drink, he stated he had five drinks during a friend’s wedding reception at about 3 p.m.

After submitting a breath sample, Burdick’s blood alcohol registered .174, the affidavit states.

If convicted, Burdick could also face up to a $750 fine.

-- A Brattleboro woman pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges Tuesday, stemming from an incident on Dec. 17.

Chelsea M. Corbeil, 27, is facing up to five and a half years after she allegedly assaulted someone in the Wendy’s Restaurant parking lot along Putney Road, and drove to the location intoxicated.

According to Brattleboro Police Officer Benjamin J. Gates, the man Corbeil allegedly assaulted, told Gates that she had driven to the fast foot restaurant after consuming "a large amount of intoxicating liquors," the affidavit states.
"Upon making contact with Corbeil I perceived a strong odor of intoxicants," Gates wrote. "Corbeil had watery, bloodshot eyes. Her speech was mumbled and confused. Shortly after making contact with Corbeil, she vomited."

She was arrested and the breath sample she provided measured a blood alcohol content of .176.

If convicted, Corbeil could also face up to a $6,500 fine for the three misdemeanor charges.

-- A Hinsdale, N.H., man could face up to four years in jail after he allegedly drove under the influence of alcohol on Dec. 18.

Patrick J. Devens, 48, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday.

In the affidavit, Vermont State Senior Trooper Genevra Cushman wrote that her radar measured Devens’ vehicle traveling at 81 mph in a 50 mph zone.

When Cushman approached Devens vehicle, he allegedly told her the reason he was driving so fast was that he had just passed someone who was driving erratically.

"I could immediately detect a strong odor of intoxicants," she wrote.

She added that his eyes were bloodshot and watery and that his speech was mumbled.

Devens stated he had only one drink, a can of "Tilt" which Genevra wrote is the equivalent of four to five beers.

If convicted, Devens could also face up to a $1,500 fine for the two misdemeanor DUI charges.

-- Eric D. Griffiths, 32, of Bellows Falls, is facing up to two years in prison and up to a $2,000 fine after he allegedly slashed the tires of a woman’s car on two separate occasions.

On Tuesday, Griffiths pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges of unlawful mischief of more than $250.

According to the affidavit, on Sept. 12, Griffiths allegedly used a knife to cut holes into three tires of a woman’s car that was parked in Westminster West driveway.

The victim’s roommate told Vermont State Police Senior Trooper Eric J Vitali that she had also found a cellular telephone taped under her vehicle that appeared to have been used as a GPS tracking device.

The second alleged offense occurred on Nov. 29. When Vitali met with the male victim, he stated that there was one flat tire and green apples all around his house yet there was no apple tree to be found.

When Vitali asked Griffiths about his involvement in either of the incidents, at first he denied it but later admitted to using a knife to slash the first victims tires and then throwing crab apples at the second victims house on several different dates.

Griffiths said that he didn’t slash the male victim’s tire but rather just let the air out. He also admitted to taping a cellular phone to the woman’s vehicle and using it to track her.

-- A 31-year-old New Hampshire man agreed to a plea agreement for his second DUI offense on Tuesday.

Michael A. Saritelli, of Charlestown, N.H., was sentenced to 60 hours behind bars and a $1,059 fine as part of his plea agreement.

-- Gundela Weindl, 69, of Bondville, is facing up to two years behind bars and or up to a $750 fine for allegedly driving under the influence.

According to the affidavit, Weindl drove to the Vermont State Police Barracks in Brattleboro on Dec. 23, to speak with a trooper that had performed a welfare check on her and her husband.

While she was speaking with Trooper James W. Matthews, he stated he noticed she had been crying and detected a "strong odor of intoxicants" on her breath.

When Matthews asked her if she had too much to drink that night, Weindl said no. And when he asked her if she had anything to drink that night she again replied no, according to the affidavit.

After telling her that he could clearly smell the odor on her person, Weindl said she that she had a glass of wine earlier but nothing else.

"I asked Ms. Weindl for a sample of her breath, which registered a .105 blood alcohol content," Matthews wrote.

Weindl pleaded not guilty during her arraignment on Tuesday.


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