Hunter cited for shooting from vehicle

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A Colchester man faces severe penalties after he fired a rifle from the driver’s side window of his truck in Cambridge last Sunday afternoon.

Justin Andrews, 22, was apprehended on the last day of deer hunting season after Vermont game wardens witnessed him shooting at a facsimile deer they placed in the woods after receiving complaints about shots fired from vehicles in the area.

When wardens called out to Andrews and began to approach the vehicle, he fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Wardens pursued the truck for several miles before taking Andrews into custody behind a building in Cambridge, a news release said.

Andrews is charged with having a loaded long gun in a motor vehicle, shooting from a motor vehicle and failing to stop for a warden, police said.

He is scheduled to appear in Lamoille Superior Court in January 2017 and if convicted, he could face up to a $1,000 fine for each charge and lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in Vermont for up to three years, police said.

The rifle used to commit the offense would also be forfeited.