St. Johnsbury man faces multiple charges after high-speed chase ends in crash in Barton

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ST. JOHNSBURY — A 39-year-old local man is facing numerous charges including attempting to elude police and possession of stolen property, after leading officers on a high-speed chase that ended with his vehicle crashing into a field on Tuesday night.

According to Corporal George Johnson’s report, the pursuit began after a stolen vehicle report was filed by Jacob Olcott on Nov. 27.

The black 2005 Chevrolet Impala, distinguishable by its spare tire on the front, was spotted by Corporal Steven Hartwell on Nov. 29 around 7:40 p.m.

Despite Hartwell’s attempts to stop the vehicle, the driver, identified as Antonio Hammond of St. Johnsbury, allegedly failed to comply and sped north on Railroad Street.

Johnson joined the chase at the intersection of Railroad Street and Hastings Street, following the Impala as it turned onto Memorial Drive and reached speeds over 80 mph.

The chase continued through Lyndonville and ended 23 miles later when Hammond’s vehicle lost control and came to rest on its side in a field near Vermont Route 122 in Glover.

Hammond, who was found unconscious and later regained consciousness, was extracted from the wrecked vehicle by Fire and EMS using the Jaws of Life.

He was transported to North Country Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

At the time of the incident, Hammond was driving with a suspended license and was in violation of court conditions that barred him from operating a motor vehicle.

Hammond is scheduled to appear at the Caledonia court on Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m. to face charges, including gross negligent operation and operating without owner’s consent.

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