Hit-and-run in Essex County leads to DUI, multiple charges for Concord man

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CONCORD — A two-vehicle collision on US Route 2 near Bona Road this morning led to a DUI arrest after a hit-and-run incident, according to Vermont State Police.

The incident occurred around 9:20 a.m. when Claudette Morehouse, 75, of Concord, called authorities to report that her 2018 GMC Canyon had been repeatedly struck by a white Toyota truck, which then left the scene.

Shortly after, a witness alerted police to a white Toyota truck crashed in the woods about 4 miles from the initial crash site.

Troopers located the Toyota, a 2008 Tacoma, and identified the driver as 21-year-old William Morse, also from Concord.

Morse displayed signs of intoxication and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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He was transported to Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and DUI processing.

Following the investigation, Morse faces charges including Grossly Negligent Operation, Duty to Stop at Crashes, and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

He also received two Vermont Civil Violation Complaints for Driving to the Right and Following too Closely.

Morse is scheduled to appear in court to respond to the charges.

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