Car crash leads to charges
BENNINGTON — A Pownal man was charged with a felony on Monday, after police said he told them at the scene of a single-vehicle crash that he was late to pitch in a baseball game for the World Series.
Anthony W. Barbiero Jr., 35, pleaded not guilty in Bennington criminal court on Monday to a felony charge of aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent and one misdemeanor charge each of driving while under the influence of drugs and negligent driving.
Police said they were called to the site of a one-vehicle crash on Nov. 2 around 2 p.m. in Pownal. At the scene, police found the car, 20 feet off the road, down an embankment, partially overturned and resting against a tree.
Barbiero told an officer he was sorry for parking his car on the road. That comment, along with other incoherent comments like his statement about pitching in the World Series, led police to believe Barbiero had been taking drugs.
Police believed Barbiero hit his head on the windshield during the crash but also found evidence he had been acting erratically prior to the crash.
The car belonged to Barbiero’s mother, police said. His father gave police a sworn, written statement which said Barbiero Jr. did not have permission to use the car.
The affidavit said police got a laboratory report on Dec. 6 which said that Barbiero was driving the car under the influence of drugs but didn’t specify which type of drugs.