Cpl. Donald Sweet, Sheriff Michael Elmore, Deputy Mark Gutel, Deputy Jordan Broughton
RANK/DEPUTY FULL NAME: Corporal Donald Sweet, Sheriff Michael Elmore, Deputy Mark Gutel, Deputy Jordan Broughton
INCIDENT LOCATION: VT Route 125
DATE/TIME: September 20, 2023, 10:22 AM
VIOLATION: Excessive Speed, Attempting to Elude, Grossly Negligent Operation, Reckless Endangerment
ACCUSED: Taylor Sheldrick
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Middlebury
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 09/20/2023, Cpl. Sweet was conducting traffic enforcement on Route 125 in the town of Ripton. He observed a motor vehicle violation and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. While attempting to stop the vehicle, it continued to accelerate to over 100 MPH. Near this location was an active construction zone with one lane of traffic closed. Flaggers and workers were present in the roadway. The vehicle continued to attempt to elude Cpl. Sweet and entered into the lane with oncoming traffic, almost striking several vehicles head on. The vehicle drove onto the shoulder of the road, almost striking several workers before continuing on Route 125. Cpl. Sweet continued to attempt to stop the vehicle, but eventually could not find it. The Sheriff and several deputies attempted to locate the vehicle in the area but were unsuccessful. Through investigation, the operator was identified as Taylor Sheldrick (21) of Middlebury. Sheldrick was located at his residence and taken into custody. Deputies also discovered that Sheldrick had begun to spray paint his vehicle a different color. Sheldrick was issued 7 traffic tickets and was given a flash citation to appear in court the next day on 09/21/2023 at 12:30 PM to answer to the charges of Excessive Speed, Attempting to Elude, Grossly Negligent Operation, and Reckless Endangerment. A judge was contacted and Sheldrick was released on conditions.
COURT DATE/TIME*: September 21, 2023, 12:30 PM
*Please note: court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.