Just before 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day, a cab driver flagged down a Shelburne Police officer on Shelburne Road saying he feared for his safety after an incident with a customer in his cab.
South Burlington Police were called because the incident happened near Allen Road in South Burlington, police said. The cab driver had been driving Adam Nilson, 38, of South Burlington, to a location on Shelburne Road. During the drive, police said, Nilson believed they were not heading in the right direction and displayed a knife to the cab driver.
Fearing for his safety, the cab driver sought help from a Shelburne Police officer in a cruiser nearby, police explained in a statement. The Shelburne officer detained Nilson until South Burlington Police arrived.
Police charged Nilson with felony aggravated assault. Nilson was jailed at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail and had a court appearance scheduled Tuesday.
Shelburne Acting Police Chief Aaron Noble said it was fortunate an officer was nearby when the incident happened, giving the cab driver a chance to get help. He called it an example of “proactive patrolling.”
“That’s why we want our guys out there,” Noble said.