Essex teen arrested for negligent operation, attempting to elude police

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BOLTON — A 17-year-old driver from Essex was arrested on multiple charges following an incident in Bolton yesterday.

A Silver Mazda 3 sedan was clocked traveling north in the passing lane at 104 miles-per-hour on Interstate 89 at around 2:23 p.m.

Police attempted to pull out and catch up to the car but the driver increased his speed to nearly 120 miles-per-hour.

Troopers backed off for public safety reasons due to the high rate of speed.

A Chittenden County Sheriff’s deputy pulled out and attempted to stop the vehicle at which point in time the same car increased its speed again to the same high speed.

Police say the vehicle exited I-89 at exit 11 where The Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department continued pursuing the vehicle through Jericho.

They also cancelled their pursuit for public safety reasons.

Nearly five minutes later police say they saw the vehicle and were able to obtain a plate from the vehicle.

Police responded to the registered owner’s home shortly thereafter and contacted a family member.

They requested that the family member call the driver to tell him to stop and return home, which he did.

The 17-year-old driver was arrested in his driveway without incident after returning home.

He was transported to the Williston State Police barracks for processing and cited to appear in court to answer to the charges of negligent operation and attempting to elude.

The Essex driver will be mailed multiple civil traffic tickets as well.