Wilmington police and juvenile suspect crash vehicles during high-speed pursuit

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WILMINGTON >> A police officer and a juvenile suspect crashed their vehicles in different places during a high speed pursuit, police say.

On Friday at approximately 6:45 p.m., the Wilmington Police Department received a report of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident via the Vermont State Police.

"The vehicle in question, an older model red Chevy Camaro, had driven up behind the complainant while traveling on Western Avenue in Brattleboro and struck the vehicle from behind," police said in a press release. "It then accelerated around the victim's vehicle, blacked out its lights and continued west onto Route 9 at a high rate of speed toward Marlboro."

Wilmington officers saw the vehicle near Hogback Mountain at approximately 7:15 p.m. A pursuit followed with a Wilmington cruiser displaying lights and sirens, police said.

According to police, the vehicle failed to stop and continued to accelerate as it turned onto Route 100 South towards Jacksonville. The pursuit ended when the Wilmington cruiser hit a vehicle in the center of Jacksonville.

"Neither the occupants of the other vehicle or Wilmington officer were injured," the press release stated. "The crash is currently under investigation by the Vermont State Police."

Police said the suspect crashed after traveling on Route 112 and a male driver left the scene. Vermont State Police brought in a canine while searching for the operator. Dover Police Department detained two other passengers who shared information that helped to identify the driver.

On Sunday, the driver was identified as a 16-year-old juvenile from Wilmington. He was given a juvenile citation to appear in Vermont District Court Family Division on Thursday, Feb. 25, to answer to the charges of gross negligent operation, excessive speed and attempting to elude a police officer. Other charges are pending by the Vermont State Police and Brattleboro Police Department.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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