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Woman driver drags state trooper 50 yards, now on the lam

Angela Birk

A 40-year-old woman from Newport is wanted by police after she allegedly drove away from a traffic stop, dragging a state trooper with the vehicle in the process.

Police say Angela Birk was the driver of a vehicle pulled over on I-91 yesterday when she drove away and dragged Sgt. Matthew Tarricone.

Tarricone was dragged for approximately 50 yards down the interstate at speeds of roughly 20 mph and increasing before he could break free of the vehicle. Police say he received minor injuries including scrapes and bruises but declined medical attention.

Birk then failed to yield to troopers’ blue lights and sirens while operating her vehicle in an unsafe manner after fleeing from the stop. She passed several vehicles while weaving through traffic from I-91 to VT Route 122, and then to VT Route 114 at excessive speeds, police say.

Troopers lost sight of her vehicle in the area of Burke Village as it continued north on Route 114.

A judge issued a warrant for Birk’s arrest. She is facing charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement, attempting to elude, and gross negligent operation Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 802-748-3111.

Dad, two children injured in crash – A 28-year-old man from Newfane and two juvenile children were injured during a crash in Dummerston on Saturday.

The crash took place on I-91 at around 11:30 a.m. According to the report, Kayne Ravenna lost control of his vehicle while traveling northbound and rolled in the median while troopers were on scene with another crash.

Police say Ravenna was ejected from the vehicle. The two juvenile children were secured in car seats and promptly removed from the overturned vehicle by Ravenna and troopers.

Putney Fire and Rescue were already on the scene from the previous crash and were able to immediately render aid. Police say Ravenna and his children all sustained injuries.

The north and southbound lanes were both shut down until the vehicles were towed and the roads were treated.

Republished from Newport Dispatch

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  1. “Aggravated assault” on that poor officer????? Try attempted murder in terms of initial charges. God almighty….WHERE has common sense gone in this state & in this nation????????