Driver charged with DUI after crashing into flagpole at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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RANDOLPH — A Barre man was cited on a charge of driving under the influence after he crashed his vehicle into a flagpole at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Monday evening.

The Vermont State Police responded to the incident around 7 p.m. on May 27 after receiving reports of a single-vehicle accident at the cemetery located on Furnace Road.

Upon arrival, troopers identified the driver as 35-year-old John Kunkle of Barre.

Kunkle exhibited signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The crash resulted in significant damage to the flagpole at the cemetery’s entrance.

Members of the Randolph Center Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, where they safely dismantled the compromised pole.

The accused sustained injuries during the collision and was initially taken to Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.

He was later transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, for further treatment.

His condition was reported as stable.

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