Newport woman wanted after dragging trooper after traffic stop

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NEWPORT — A 40-year-old woman from Newport is wanted by police after she allegedly drove away from a traffic stop, dragging a state trooper with the vehicle in the process.

Police say Angela Birk was the driver of a vehicle pulled over on I-91 yesterday when she drove away and dragged Sgt. Matthew Tarricone.

Tarricone was dragged for approximately 50 yards down the interstate at speeds of roughly 20 mph and increasing before he could break free of the vehicle.

Police say he received minor injuries including scrapes and bruises but declined medical attention.

Birk then failed to yield to troopers’ blue lights and sirens while operating her vehicle in an unsafe manner after fleeing from the stop.

She passed several vehicles while weaving through traffic from I-91 to VT Route 122, and then to VT Route 114 at excessive speeds, police say.

Troopers lost sight of her vehicle in the area of Burke Village as it continued north on Route 114.

A judge issued a warrant for Birk’s arrest.

She is facing charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement, attempting to elude, and gross negligent operation

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 802-748-3111.

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