By LISA SCAGLIOTTI
A Shelburne man was charged with DUI after an accident on Vermont Route 22A in Addison last week that occurred as two vehicles tried to pass slower traffic at the same time, according to Vermont State Police.
The accident happened on Aug. 9 at about 3:26 p.m. near Wilmarth Road. Both vehicles involved in the crash were headed south on 22A behind what both drivers said was slow-moving traffic, police said in a press release.
One driver, John Doyle, age 62 of Manalapan, Fla., told police he was driving his 2010 Mercedes 550 at about 50 mph.
“Doyle stated that the vehicle travelling in front of him was travelling at a speed well under the speed limit so he attempted to pass the vehicle, and when he did so, he collided with another vehicle who was also attempting to pass,” police explained.
The other vehicle was a 2017 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Charles Baker, age 35 from Shelburne. Baker also told police he was driving about 50 mph behind slower traffic and attempted to pass. “As he was passing, Baker advised that the vehicle in front of him sideswiped his vehicle as [it] pulled out in an attempt to pass,” police said.
No one was injured; the car sustained moderate damage and the pickup only minor damage, police said.
However, while at the accident scene interviewing those involved, troopers said they suspected Baker was impaired. They screened him and took him to the Vergennes Police Department for processing. Baker was charged with driving under the influence and cited to appear in Addison County Superior Court on Oct. 29 in Middlebury.