Crash injures woman, damages city home
By Brent Curtis
staff writer | September 03,2014
A high-speed chase in Rutland early Sunday ended in multiple criminal charges for a West Rutland man and $10,000 in damage to the home of a man who was asleep when Jason M. Davis’ Audi allegedly crashed into the house.
A passenger in Davis’ car, Carissa Redfield, 29, was taken first to Rutland Regional Medical Center then flown by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for injuries to her neck and spinal cord.
Davis, 35, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of attempting to elude police, driving with a suspended license and two counts of reckless or gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Davis posted the $15,000 bail set after his arrest and is free on conditions that include an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew at his home at 104 Meadow Lane, according to court records.
About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Rutland Police Cpl. Justin Souza said he tried to stop an Audi sedan that was traveling with its headlights off in the southern parking lot of Walgreens pharmacy at the corner of routes 4 and 7.
Souza wrote in an affidavit that he tried to stop the car but it sped up and turned onto Sheldon Place, running the first of several stop signs during a pursuit that would end on Stratton Road.
Souza said that during the chase, the Audi reached speeds of 60 mph on East Street where the posted speed limit is 30 mph.
While trying to turn left from Jackson Avenue onto Stratton Road, Davis lost control of his car and crashed first into a tree and then into a house at 172 Stratton Road, the affidavit said.
Souza said the crash didn’t injure Davis or the people in the house — James Ward, 79, and Sylvia Longley, 73 — who were awakened by the crash, which knocked objects to the floor all over the house.
Redfield was listed in good condition at the hospital Tuesday evening.
Souza wrote that a preliminary estimate of repair costs to Ward’s home came to more than $10,000, with damage to the foundation on both sides of the house, cracks in the chimney and interior damage.