Man arrested for DUI, drug possession in Lyndonville

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LYNDONVILLE — A Lyndonville man was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a controlled substance after being found unconscious in his vehicle on Industrial Parkway.

The Lyndonville Police Department responded to a call at 6:19 p.m. on June 19, where officers discovered 29-year-old Justin Benton unconscious behind the wheel.

Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug, was administered at the scene.

Benton exhibited signs of impairment by a substance other than alcohol, according to police reports.

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI (drugs) and driving without a driver’s license after a previous civil conviction for the same offense within the last two years.

During the investigation, officers also found Benton in possession of a substance suspected to be a depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug.

A drug influence evaluation was carried out by a Vermont State Police Drug Recognition Expert, followed by an evidentiary blood sample collection.

Following his arrest, Benton was released to a sober individual.

The Lyndonville Police Department received assistance from Vermont State Police and CALEX EMS at the scene.

Benton’s vehicle was secured and removed by a sober relative.

Benton has been cited to appear in Caledonia Superior Court on Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. to face the charges.

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