Two arrested following crash in Cornwall, one suspected of DUI

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CORNWALL — A vehicle crash on Vermont Route 30 near Swamp Road resulted in two arrests and left one driver hospitalized late Thursday afternoon, according to state police.

At approximately 5:43 p.m., troopers responded to a collision involving a Chevrolet truck driven by Niclaus M. Clark, 22, of Salisbury, and a Volkswagen Golf operated by James A. Thorp, 21, also of Salisbury.

Clark, who was reportedly attempting to overtake Thorp’s vehicle from behind, swerved into the northbound lane and collided with the rear end of Thorp’s vehicle as he began to make a left turn onto Swamp Road, stated the incident report.

Clark’s truck was forced off the road, overturning and coming to a stop on its roof on the northbound shoulder of Vermont Route 30.

Clark was transported to Porter Medical Center for treatment of suspected injuries.

Upon speaking with Clark at the hospital, troopers observed signs of possible impairment. After conducting a screening, Clark was placed under arrest and, following processing, he was released with a citation for his second DUI, criminal DLS, and grossly negligent operation.

He will appear in Addison County Superior Court at a later date.

Meanwhile, Thorp fled the scene of the accident but was later apprehended.

He was taken into custody for leaving the scene of an accident and, following processing at the New Haven State Police Barracks, was released with a citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court.

The Cornwall Fire Department and Middlebury Rescue were on hand to assist at the crash site.

No injuries were reported from Thorp, who was also wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Clark’s truck was totaled, and Thorp’s Golf sustained front end contact damage.

The road conditions were dry and the weather was clear at the time of the incident, according to the troopers.

The investigation is ongoing.

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