Suspect Crashes Into 3 Police Vehicles During Pursuit

A suspect is in custody after he crashed into multiple Vermont State Police vehicles during a chase on Friday.

Around 5:30 p.m., police responded to the Chilis restaurant in Bennington for the report of an intoxicated man causing a scene inside the establishment.

As police arrived, 27-year-old Travis Squires of Shaftsbury, who is known to them, was seen driving away from the restaurant. Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Squires continued driving along Route 67 onto Route 7A north. Squires was driving erratically and swerving between lanes.

A roadblock was set up by troopers and they were able to slow his vehicle to a crawl. At this point, he collided with two state police cruisers in an attempt to get out of the roadblock. Squires lost control of his vehicle, crossed the southbound travel lanes of Route 7A and landed in a ditch.

Squires then continued back into traffic and collided with a Sheriff's Department cruiser. Troopers then terminated the pursuit due to Squires' increasing speed, erratic operation, and disregard for public safety.

Authorities in New York were notified to be on the lookout for Squires and his vehicle. A short time later, Vermont State Police were notified that Squires was causing a disturbance at his ex-girlfriend's house in Hoosick, New York. He was taken into custody on unrelated charges following a brief foot pursuit.

Squires is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, gross negligent operation, aggravated attempting to elude, excessive speed, and violation of conditions of release. He is currently being held on $10,000 cash bail by New York authorities.

Vermont State Police released that Squires was facing felony drug charges in August. 

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