Attempted murder suspect from Barton busted driving stolen Mercedes

A 19-year-old man from Barton who is wanted for attempted murder after a shooting in Newport was picked up by police in Connecticut, police say.

Connecticut police say they located Matthew Champagne, 19, in a stolen Mercedes on Friday night. The vehicle was stolen from a gas station in the city of Meriden, Conn. When police spotted the vehicle they say Champagne attempted to flee on foot.

He has a fully extraditable warrant out of Newport after police were dispatched to Gardner Park on October 21, 2021, after a report that multiple shots had been fired in the area. Officers located 12 .40 caliber shell casings near a fence at the park. Investigators say Champagne fled Newport following the shooting.

In Connecticut he is being charged with second-degree larceny, interfering with police, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, and operating a vehicle without a license. He was held on a $50,000 bond.

Vermont police will be making the appropriate plans to eventually return him to Newport to answer for the attempted murder charge.

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  1. I see that Connecticut, unlike Vermont, regards the unwarranted taking of someone else’s automobile as an actual crime. If you STEAL someone’s car in Vermont, it is called “operating without owner’s consent”. In the old days of this country, the theft of someones conveyance (horse) was considered a serious enough threat to the owner’s wellbeing and safety to warrant hanging the perpetrator. Maybe it’s time to allow Federal prosecution for the THEFT of an automobile, especially if it then crosses State lines. There is already precedent for Federal prosecution if the vehicle is taken forcefully, which we musingly refer to as “carjacking” (Federal Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992). Thank you to Connecticut law enforcement personnel for nabbing this dirtball. Unfortunately now however this alleged violent offender will be brought back to Vermont where he will be given the full “victim” treatment and released without bond by our sympathetic legal system.

  2. Vt. doesn’t believe in punishing criminals unless it directly effects them personally. No wonder we have the drug problem we have here in our state. And now they want to legalize prostitution too. What is happening to our state?

  3. He’s a good boy, just confused. And if he wants to successfully continue in his errant ways, this guy with the bad hair will surely vote Democrat.

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