Police chase leads to charges
A Wallingford man pleaded innocent Monday to multiple charges related to a high-speed chase in Clarendon.
Rutland County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Castle said he was on patrol on Gorge Road on Aug. 30 when he was passed by a car travelling at a high rate of speed.
When he caught up to the vehicle minutes later he recognized it as a car he had towed earlier in the day due to lack of registration and insurance. The driver, Charles E. Whittemore, was also charged with driving with a criminally suspended license, Castle wrote in a court affidavit.
During the chase that followed, Castle said Whittemore passed multiple vehicles on Gorge Road and, after turning onto Airport Road, approached speeds of 100 mph, Castle and Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Jason Allen wrote.
The chase ended at the intersection of Airport Road and Pluss Lane where Whittemore was unable to slow down enough for a sharp left-hand turn. The car traveled about 200 feet down Pluss Lane before coming to a stop.
Whittemore was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of driving without a license, careless or negligent operation of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude police.
After pleading innocent to those charges in Rutland criminal court on Monday, Whittemore was released on court ordered conditions.