Vermont Man Drives Through Scene of an Accident Before Pursuit, Police Say
A Vermont man nearly hit a firefighter while frantically driving through the scene of a crash, police said.
On Wednesday, Richard Duncan, 40, of Proctor, Vermont, was arrested and charged by police with three counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, one count of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute, and one count of armed career criminal.
Prior to Duncan's arrest, police received numerous reports of a black Ford F150 pickup truck driving erratically eastbound on Main Street in Claremont.
Soon after, an officer working at the scene of an unrelated crash on Washington Street saw the truck drive through the collision scene at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting a Claremont firefighter.
A “be on the lookout” was then sent to the Newport Police Department.
Newport police attempted to stop the truck on Main Street in Newport but the vehicle kept going, police said.
Officers pursued the erratic truck on John Stark Highway back into Claremont, police said.
Soon after, the vehicle left the roadway on Washington Street and came to a stop, at which time the operator, Duncan, fled on foot, police said.
He was then arrested by New Hampshire State Police.
Duncan was transported to the Sullivan County House of Corrections pending an arraignment Thursday.
The case is still under investigation by the Claremont Police Department, the Newport Police Department, and the New Hampshire State Police.