A Lyndon man prohibited from possessing firearms was jailed after police found him in St. Johnsbury in a car with a loaded AR-15 propped up on his knee.
Jun 1 at 2:50 AM, St. Johnsbury police went to 1658 Main St. for a report of a vehicle blaring the horn.
They found Dakota McAllister and Christopher Degreenia, 33, of Lyndon. He was in the passenger seat of the vehicle, with a loaded AR-15, chambered in .556 and equipped with a scope and 30-round magazine, propped up on his knee.
“When I removed the firearm from the vehicle, I noticed the bolt was closed. I pulled the charging handle back and observed a rifle cartridge in the chamber,” Officer Davis Guyer said.
Degreenia has a curfew to be in Lyndonville, which he was in violation of. Degreenia was arrested for violating his conditions of release and the loaded long gun in a motor vehicle.
While searching Degreenia incident to arrest, Guyer pulled out a clear round plastic container with a white rock-like substance inside. The firearm and suspected drugs were brought back to the police department with Degreenia. A field test showed the rock-like substance to be consistent with the chemical makeup of Cocaine, and weighed approximately .7 grams.
When the magazine was emptied, it was found to hold 8 more rifle cartridges.
A check of Degreenia’s criminal record showed he was disqualified from possessing a firearm in the State of Vermont due to prior criminal convictions.
Degreenia was brought to the Vermont Superior Court, Caledonia Unit for arriagnment.
Judge Justin Jiron found probable cause and Degreenia was lodged into the Northeastern Correctional Complex with $200 bail.