Bennington man cited for leaving the scene of Shaftsbury crash

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SHAFTSBURY — A Bennington man has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful mischief following a crash on Vermont Route 67 W in Shaftsbury on Sunday, March 3.

Robert Pleasant, 53, was identified as the operator of a vehicle that crashed into a parked tractor belonging to Richard Rice, 61, of Shaftsbury.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:01 a.m. in Rice’s driveway.

Vermont State Police responded to the scene after receiving a report of a crash with property damage. Upon arrival, troopers found a single vehicle, a silver 2012 Suzuki SX4 with Vermont registration, which had been reported stolen the night before from the Price Chopper parking lot in Bennington.

The vehicle caused damage to both itself and Rice’s John Deere tractor.

The driver was not present at the scene when troopers arrived. Investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling westbound on VT Route 67 W from North Bennington toward the New York state line at the time of the crash.

On March 7, troopers determined that Pleasant was the operator of the vehicle involved in the crash.

He was issued a citation to answer the offenses of leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful mischief at the Bennington County Superior Court—Criminal Division on May 20 at 8:15 a.m.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Ryan Criss at the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421 Ext. 8.

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