COLCHESTER — A 32-year-old woman from Burlington was arrested on multiple warrants following an incident in Colchester yesterday.
Authorities say they conducted a welfare check on a woman in a vehicle that appeared to be under the influence of drugs at the Cumberland Farms convenience store on College Parkway at around 4:05 p.m.
Police identified the woman as Shauna Francis.
After speaking with Francis and checking her well-being, officers discovered Francis had two active warrants for her arrest.
One was regarding a felony charge of fentanyl, sale or dispensing, and the second regarding a misdemeanor charge of retail theft.
Francis was taken into custody without incident and was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $1,100 bail.
During further investigation, police say they learned that a male associate of Francis had left the gas station moments after the first officer arrived on the scene.
The male was identified as David Morrison, of Burlington, who also had warrants for his arrest relating to a felony charge of aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, and a misdemeanor charge of retail theft.
While checking the area, an officer observed Morrison boarding a Green Mountain Transit bus on College Parkway by Saint Michael’s College.
The officer made contact with Morrison on the bus and attempted to take him into custody.
Morrison resisted and fled from the bus on foot towards Saint Michael’s campus.
A short foot pursuit ensued on the college campus, which then led to Morrison crossing four lanes of travel on College Parkway during busy commuting hours.
After crossing College Parkway, Morrison fled to a nearby apartment building and hid in a basement.
Additional officers responded to the area and Morrison was apprehended without incident.
Morrison is being held on a $1,000 bail and is facing additional charges, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and unlawful trespass into a dwelling.
Colchester Police Department was assisted by the Winooski Police Department, South Burlington Police Department, and Saint Michael’s College Department of Public Safety.