Plow stops burglary suspects

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The two men who led Vermont State Police on a high-speed chase only to be stopped by state snowplows have been connected to burglaries in Colchester, police said.

On December 8, troopers were pursuing Jeremiah Sadler, 25, of Barre City and Kyle Larrabee, 23, of Washington, who were wanted on outstanding warrants.

VSP located a Honda Civic at the Dunkin Donuts near Exit 12 in Williston, identifying Sadler as the driver, the news release said.

As the trooper approached, Sadler drove forward and hit him with the left front end of the vehicle. Sadler then sped off toward Taft Corners, police said, avoiding spike strips at the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Route 2A by traveling through a nearby field.

The Civic eventually returned to Interstate 89, reaching speeds of nearly 80 mph before leading police through Richmond and Waterbury. Sadler hit two police cruisers during the chase, the news release said.

VSP deployed a second spike strip, deflating several tires on the vehicle. As the Civic headed north on Route 100B, two Vermont Agency of Transportation plow operators got the OK from police to block the vehicle.

The Civic struck the impromptu blockade, and police took Sadler and Larrabee into custody soon after. They were transported to the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin for evaluation of their injuries.

A day after the chase, police linked the men to a pair of burglaries less than a mile apart on Galvin Hill Road and Coon Hill Road in Colchester on December 8.

Additionally, police say Sadler and Larrabee were involved in at least three burglaries being investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department last month.

With the help of Sadler’s girlfriend, Sonya Lowe, a civilian employee at VSP, the trio stole both prescription medication and evidence. Police didn’t release a full list and said the investigation continues.

Lowe was cited with aiding in the commission of a felony, possession of stolen property and three counts of accessory to burglary. Sadler and Larrabee are facing a slew of charges from both the Orange County and Colchester burglaries.    

Sadler was also cited for attempting to elude, gross negligent operation and three counts of aggravated assault stemming from the Dec. 8 pursuit.

He’s scheduled to appear in Chittenden County Superior Court – Criminal Division on December 27 and remains in custody.