Police: Man burglarized resort, stole SUV, gave chase
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | March 10,2014
LUDLOW — Following a high-speed police chase of a stolen SUV, a man suspected of burglarizing a resort office at Magic Mountain on Saturday was discovered hiding in an unlocked basement.
Christopher Bush, 27, of South Londonderry, who has a lengthy criminal history, was arrested after Vermont State Police Trooper Kevin Hughes and his police dog Bohdan tracked him from the crash site to an unlocked basement door in Ludlow.
Police charged Bush with grand larceny, aggravated car theft, attempting to elude law enforcement, excessive speed, grossly negligent operation of a vehicle and drunken driving.
State police were called to Magic Mountain shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday when police said William Sullivan, 49, of Hingham, Mass., walked outside and discovered his 2012 Chevrolet Suburban — which he had left the keys in — was gone. While the troopers were heading to the scene, police said dispatch received a report of a burglary inside the resort.
The newer-model SUV was equipped with an OnStar satellite tracking device and at 11:30 p.m. the device picked up a signal indicating the vehicle was headed north on Route 103 toward Chester, police said.
At 11:43 p.m., Ludlow Police Officer Richard King spotted the vehicle near the Cavendish town line and flashed his blue lights but the driver did not pull over. King said he began to pursue the vehicle entering the village of Ludlow at over 100 mph. King said he saw the vehicle head up Pleasant Street Extension and moved to cut it off, but OnStar reported the vehicle had come to a stop at 11:47 p.m.
Police said they found it stuck in a snowbank and the driver had already fled on foot.
After the police dog led officers to the unlocked basement, reinforcements were called in and Bush was located inside the residence about an hour later.
Bush is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon in White River Junction criminal court.
Bush was one of two men arrested in Chester in 2009 and charged with felony assault and robbery with injury resulting after the pair allegedly beat and attempted to take the wallet from a man whom they claimed had “stiffed” a customer during a cocaine sales transaction.