At 6:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 30, Vermont State Police were contacted by a homeowner on Shag Bark Hill in Putney who reported an out of state vehicle was stuck on the road.
Troopers investigation showed the vehicle in question, a U-Haul rental van, was stolen, police say. The passenger, Marlon Scott, 36, of Rochester NY, and operator Douglas Peterson were both taken into custody. Peterson, 33, of Brooklyn was charged with Aggravated Operation without Owner’s Consent, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Cocaine, and Transportation and Trafficking of Heroin.
Scott had provided a family member’s identification in an effort to impede Law Enforcement, police say. After being properly identified, it was learned Scott was wanted in New York on an outstanding warrant, thus making him a fugitive from justice in Vermont. Scott was issued a criminal citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court Windham Criminal Division to answer to the above stated charges. He was later lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility.
The arrest may have turned out to be a godsend for the stranded travelers. It occurred just hours before a nor-easter hit Southern Vermont with 1-3 inches of snow and 45-55 MPH winds predicted.