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Barre Man Racks Up Charges

Posted on Aug 21, 2010 - 12:56 PM
Times Argus

Article published Aug 19, 2010
Barre man racks up charges
By Thatcher Moats
MONTPELIER — A 20-year-old Barre man accused of leading Montpelier police on a high-speed chase last week has been arrested and pleaded innocent Tuesday to numerous charges, according to court records.

Trevor Hood, who already had other pending criminal cases, is accused of leading police on a pursuit through the Capital City at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 11 in the car he stole from his grandmother, riding up on two wheels as he rounded the corner at State and Main streets.

Authorities claim that Hood blew through stop lights and reached an estimated 110 mph during the pursuit. The chase extended into Berlin, where Hood crashed the Chrysler Sebring in a swampy area at the intersection of Scott Hill Road and Airport Road, according to an affidavit filed by Montpelier police officer Josh Macura. Hood fled on foot after the crash and managed to elude police, despite attempts to track him with a police dog, court records show.

In connection with the pursuit, Hood was charged with five crimes: operating a vehicle without the owner's consent; negligent operation of a vehicle; attempting to elude police; driving with a suspended license; and violating his conditions of release.

But Hood also was charged with other crimes Tuesday stemming from separate investigations, including attempted sexual assault on a female less than 16 years old, and he now has a total of 15 pending charges, court documents show.

The alleged victim in that attempted sexual assault case told police she woke up one night last spring and found that Hood was naked and on top of her and trying to take her clothes off, records show. Hood pleaded innocent to that charge, which is a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison.

Hood's attempted sexual assault charge is his second. He was charged with a separate attempted sexual assault in 2009 and was out on $2,000 bail on that pending case when he allegedly committed his more recent crimes, records show.

Hood also accrued charges as Barre police tried to arrest him Sunday on a warrant, according to court papers. During the arrest at a Barre apartment, he allegedly resisted, and police subdued him with a Taser. Hood had been drinking, police said, and barked back at the police dog that was at the scene.

He was charged with animal cruelty because he allegedly “intentionally tormented or harassed an animal owned or engaged by a police department” according to the charge filed against him. Hood pleaded innocent Tuesday to animal cruelty, along with resisting arrest, consumption of alcohol and violating his conditions of release.

Hood is also facing charges that resulted from a police investigation into a shooting that happened in Barre last June in which a 15-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the neck, allegedly by a 21-year-old Worcester man. Hood pleaded innocent in June to lying to police, possession of alcohol and violating his conditions of release in that case.

On Tuesday, a judge imposed $10,000 bail for Hood, who was still in prison Wednesday evening, according to the Vermont Department of Corrections.

Hood's grandmother reported her car missing, according to court records, and Hood's mother told police about a phone conversation she had with Hood in which he indicated he was the one who stole the car.

In an interview with a Barre police officer, records show, Hood said he did not stop for police “because he was in a bad mood.”

According to Macura's affidavit, a separate witness who said he was was with Hood about two hours before the pursuit told police Hood was drunk.

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