Middlebury woman faces multiple charges after high-speed chase in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN — A routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed pursuit on River Road, ending with a New Haven woman’s arrest on a slew of charges, including eluding police and possession of stolen property, authorities said Monday.

Samantha Jarvis, 32, of Middlebury, was taken into custody late Monday night after Vermont State Police were alerted to a vehicle pursuit beginning in the Town of Hinesburg and heading south towards Starksboro.

The vehicle, reported stolen from Middlebury on Sunday, was spotted by troopers who attempted to stop it, but the driver refused to comply.

During the chase, the driver and passenger of the stolen vehicle swapped seats while the car was in motion, nearly causing a collision with another vehicle.

After a brief evasion, state police located and stopped the vehicle, detaining both occupants.

Jarvis is accused of grossly negligent operation, reckless endangerment, violation of conditions of release, possession of stolen property, excessive speed, and operating without the owner’s consent.

The second occupant’s identity and charges were not immediately disclosed.

The victim of the vehicle theft, Lori Davis, 56, also of Middlebury, will have her vehicle returned after the investigation is complete.

Jarvis was held on $1,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in the Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division of the Addison County Circuit to face her charges.

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