Johnston man arrested in Vermont after suspected OUI crash and chase with child in front seat


Vermont State Police arrested a Johnston man the day after Christmas, for driving the wrong way, allegedly intoxicated, with a six-year-old child unbuckled in the front seat.

At 9:33 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 26, the St. Johnsbury, Vermont State Police barracks received several calls about a wrong way driver heading south on Interstate 91 in the Northbound lane in Sheffield, according to a VSP news release.

Vermont State Troopers responded to the area and discovered the vehicle had turned around and started driving northbound in the northbound lane, according to police.

“Troopers found this vehicle shortly after it turned around, and it was identified as a black 2016 Chevy Colorado,” police wrote in the news release. “Troopers observed this vehicle driving in a dangerous manner that presented a substantial risk to public safety and suspected the operator was impaired.”

Police tried to stop the pick-up truck as it crossed Caledonia County lines into Barton, Vermont, before it crashed with airbag deployment, according to police.

Vermont State Police identified the driver as William Yediares, 39, of Johnston, Rhode Island.

According to the VSP news release, Yediares “exited the vehicle he showed signs of impairment and resisted arrest.”

Following the arrest, police found a six-year old child in the front passenger seat, without a child restraint or seatbelt, according to the VSP news release.

“The juvenile suffered minor injuries and was transported to North Country Hospital,” police said. “Yediares was transported to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital for minor injuries before being lodged at Northeast Regional Correctional Center on $10,000 bail.”

Police charged Yediares with several criminal offenses, including  Resisting Arrest, Attempting to Elude, Cruelty to a Child, Gross Negligent Operation and Suspicion of DUI.

The charges were filed in Caledonia and Orleans counties.

“This incident is still under investigation pending further charges,” according to Vermont State Police.


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