Driver arrested for DUI, possession of heroin in Ripton

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RIPTON — A 39-year-old man from Massachusetts was arrested following a crash in Ripton yesterday.

Authorities say they were notified of a single-vehicle crash in which the vehicle had driven off the road into the river on US Route 125 at around 7:25 a.m.

Witnesses called dispatch and told police that the driver of the vehicle was driving erratically while traveling north prior to the crash.

Police identified the driver as Alexis O Laboy, of Springfield, MA.

While speaking with Laboy, a trooper and Middlebury Officer observed indicators of impairment from a substance other than alcohol.

Police say approximately 2.5 grams of heroin were seized from the vehicle.

Laboy was operating.

He was transported to Porter Hospital to be treated for his injuries and was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.

He was processed at the hospital and later released into the care of medical staff.

He is being charged with DUI drugs-refusal and possession of heroin and is scheduled to appear in court on March 20.

The vehicle was towed from the road by Sheldrick and Son’s Towing without incident.

Vermont Route 125 in the area of 1815 in Ripton was closed for several hours.

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