Car crash leads to drug arrest

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PUTNEY — Troopers from the Vermont State Police Barracks in Westminster were dispatched to a reported one-vehicle crash around 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 29, where a vehicle had struck the guardrail on Interstate 91 southbound, near mile marker 23. Subsequent investigation determined that the operator of the vehicle, Melissa A. George, 32, of Johnson, Vermont was in possession of narcotics (fentanyl). Also, her passenger, Joseph A. Peets, 35, of Johnson, was also in possession of narcotics (fentanyl). Peets also had provided a false name to law enforcement, in an attempt to conceal his true identity. Peets also had an active warrant for his arrest, out of Washington County, Vermont. Both Peets and George were arrested and transported to the Vermont State Police Barracks in Westminster for processing, without incident. There are possible further charges, pending the outcome of an application for a search warrant.

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