Williston police track down car that hit Shelburne police cruiser

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, a Shelburne police officer stopped a vehicle on Shelburne Road by the town offices.

As Officer Bruce Beuerlein was writing that ticket, a white Toyota Celica hit his parked cruiser.

Beuerlein could not catch up to the car as it drove away. About an hour later, Williston police spotted the car on Sundown Drive in Williston. Beuerlein confirmed that it was the same white car that had hit his cruiser.

When Williston police caught up to the car, Joe Baythavong, 25, of South Burlington, was driving. Williston police charged Baythavong with DUI.

Upon further investigation, police determined that the passenger, 27-year-old Sean Toedtman, of South Burlington, allegedly had been driving the Toyota Celica at the time of the crash with the Shelburne cruiser.

Toedtman was taken to Shelburne Police Department where he was charged with DUI second offense, leaving the scene of an accident, and gross negligent operation. He was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Center for lack of $500 bail.

Toedtman on Monday pleaded not guilty to the charges in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division.

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