|September 4, 2003
WATERBURY, VT -- A Peacham
man with prior poaching convictions has been arrested by a Vermont
game warden and now faces a variety of charges after ramming the
warden's state vehicle.
On the afternoon of August 29, State Game Warden Dennis Amsden
attempted to stop a truck on the Groton-Peacham Road in Peacham. The
truck, operated by David R. Bradley, 45, of Peacham, allegedly
turned into a private driveway and led Amsden on a pursuit through
two hay fields. Bradley eventually stopped at the edge of the road,
and Amsden stopped behind him. Bradley then put his truck in reverse
and rammed the front of the warden's truck.
Bradley got out of his vehicle and approached Warden Amsden. Warden
Amsden took Bradley into custody. Troopers Jason Letourneau, Brian
Tallmadge and Cpl. Gordon Lambert of the State Police Barracks in
St. Johnsbury also responded to back up the warden. Bradley was
lodged at the Northeast Regional Correctional Center on $1,000 bail.
Bradley's truck was seized and a law enforcement dog detected the
presence of drugs in the vehicle. The dog, a K-9 named Max, is
handled by Senior Trooper Todd Protzman of the Bradford State Police
barracks. Warden Amsden applied for and was granted a search warrant
for Bradley's vehicle. The search revealed two bags of marijuana, a
marijuana pipe and almost $2,500 in cash.
Bradley was arraigned on September 2 at the Caledonia District
Court, in St. Johnsbury. Bradley pled not-guilty and was returned to
jail on $7,500 bail. Bradley has a long criminal history in Vermont,
including many poaching convictions and three possession of
Bradley now faces a felony charge of impeding a public officer,
failure to stop for a game warden, gross negligent operation of a
motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, and
attempting to elude a police officer.
The potential jail time for these violations is up to seven years
and eight months. The potential fines are over $9,000. A conviction
of failing to stop for a game warden carries a three-year revocation
of a person's hunting, fishing and trapping privileges.