Car crash leads to chargesJanuary 07,2014BENNINGTON — 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.MORE IN This Just InTOWNSHEND — A 26-year-old Townshend man shot his off-again, on-again girlfriend late... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Will Rutland Plywood rebuild? Depends on the insurance settlement; Kevin O'Connor reports from the late U.S. senator Jim Jeffords' Friday funeral; state maps strategy to reduce prescription drug abuse.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Jim Jeffords' legacy, Brandon takes a few questions about proposed budget, beleaguered city playground likely to move, woman awakes to find strange man with knives standing at her bedside.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Former U.S. Senator James Jeffords dies Monday in Washington D.C., a local man is beaten and robbed while walking on West Street, Clarendon sets a tax rate and Brandon convenes an informational public meeting about its budget.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1915, the New York World publishes scoop: Thom. Edison diverts chemical from war production to help German pharmaceutical company make aspirin; on this day in 1935, Will Rogers, Wiley Post die in Alaska plane crash.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: State panel briefed on smuggling drugs into prisons; new French-German documentary about Vermont's heroin addiction; solar project at Vets Home falls apart; update dispute between Open Door Mission and treatment center.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Climatologists might not know as much about El Nino as they thought they knew. New studies show 10,000 years ago, El Nino was active, and polar ice sheets were rapidly melting — just like today.