Vershire man arrested after assault involving a chainsaw in Corinth

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CORINTH — A 37-year-old man from Vershire was arrested on multiple charges following an incident in Corinth on Saturday.

Authorities were notified that Patrick Southworth assaulted Barbara Cota, 52, of Vershire. 

Police say that while driving on Eagle Hollow Road, Southworth drove his vehicle into Cota’s 

multiple times while both were in motion. 

Cota pulled over and Southworth damaged Cota’s vehicle with a chainsaw while she and a passenger were in the vehicle. 

Police say Southworth then assaulted Cota inside her vehicle and fled the scene. 

Cota was transported to Cottage Hospital for her injuries. 

Police located Southworth at his home. 

He was eventually apprehended and transported to St. Johnsbury State Police barracks for fingerprints and processing. 

In addition to the charges, Southworth had an extraditable warrant out of Grafton County, NH, for a drug related felony. 

He was lodged at NorthEast Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury, and cited into Orange County Superior Criminal Court to answer to the charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful mischief, disorderly conduct, negligent operation, resisting arrest, and fugitive from justice.

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