Former city attorney to answer to hit-and-run charges ThursdayMay 01,2013By Brent Curtis
Former Rutland City attorney Christopher Sullivan has been charged with two felony offenses in the death of Mary Jane Outslay, according to the Vermont Attorney General's Office.
Sullivan, 53, has been issued a citation to appear in Rutland criminal court Thursday to answer to felony charges of leaving the scene of a crash, death resulting and driving under the influence with death resulting. Both charges carry a maximum 15-year jail sentence.
State prosecutors declined to discuss any specifics of the case on Wednesday.
However, court records made public Wednesday that concerned a pair of Vermont State Police search warrants indicated that the drunken driving charge was based in part on statements Sullivan provided to police.
In the search warrants, sought by police for Sullivan's cell phone and the 2004 Lexus sedan he was driving the night of the crash, police say Sullivan told them that on April 10 he visited a downtown bar and consumed three glasses of wine at around 5:15 p.m.
He then traveled to a friend's house in the northwest section of the city where he told police he drank three to four beers and ate some ribs.
At about 7:50 p.m., Sullivan left to pick up his son who works at Hannaford supermarket off Route 7 in Rutland Town.
Sullivan told police that while driving on Strongs Avenue at about 8 p.m. he heard a "thud" and panicked. He told police that instead of stopping, he drove to the Hannaford parking lot where he noticed that his car's hood and windshield was damaged. Seventeen hours later, at 1 p.m. on April 11, Sullivan identified himself as the driver involved in the crash that killed the 71-year-old woman.
The former longtime city attorney also turned over his 2004 Lexus sedan to Vermont State Police and Rutland City police investigators who spent the better part of three weeks collecting and analyzing evidence in the case. While faced with two serious felony offenses, Sullivan remains free and it's unclear whether prosecutors will ask for bail at his arraignment. An assistant attorney general declined to comment about bail or any details of the case on Wednesday afternoon.MORE IN This Just InBy Amy Ash Nixon Full StoryRICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 410 CE, Visigoths sack Rome and it isn't the first time, either; in 1859, Titusville, Pa., the first commercially viable oil well comes in; in 1918, the only World War I battle fought on U.S. soil in Nogales, Ariz. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads data direct to your head: On this day in 410... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 410 CE, Visigoths sack Rome and it isn't the first time, either; in 1859, Titusville, Pa., the first commercially viable oil well comes in; in 1918, the only World War I battle fought on U.S. soil in Nogales, Ariz.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE:Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing that pollute ground water and the air we breathe come under scrutiny by researchers who find at least eight fracking chemicals toxic to mammals.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: The craze for Omega-3 fatty acids as a dietary supplement in its most popular form, fish oil, has led to depletion of fish stocks in oceans throughout the world. Is this the beginning of the total collapse of global fisheries?
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Suspects arrested in Killington bear death, Bryanna Allen and Kevin O'Connor report along the Back to School front, Rutland Plywood site remains an active fire scene as debris continues to smolder.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Forests around Chernobyl, even though dead from massive irradiation after nuclear accident 30 years ago, still have not even begun to decompose, natural balance disrupted at microbial level.
- Dogs have their day at White's Pool