Vermont Motorist Texts While Driving, Crashes Into Police Cruiser

May 21, 2012

Vermont police say a 33-year-old motorist was distracted while writing a text message on his cellphone when he crashed into a police car.

Vermont State Police say Jesse Clayton crashed into a Rutland police cruiser at about 1 a.m. last Friday.

Police told the Rutland Herald that Clayton came to a momentary stop at a stop sign, but wasn’t paying attention when pulling into the intersection and striking the side of the cruiser driven by Officer Edward Dumas that was also passing through the intersection.

Nobody was injured, but both vehicles sustained damages. Police say Clayton was issued several traffic citations.

Texting while driving is illegal in Vermont, punishable by a fine of $100 and two points on a driver’s license for a first offense.

Latest Comments

  • May 22, 2012 at 10:39 am
    wudchuck says:
    ok, so the city can now sue the person he was texting because he was having a conversation with the person driving a vehicle... oh -- that was a different state looking for bi... read more
  • May 22, 2012 at 7:37 am
    lol lol says:
    So he made the stop at the stop sign....then as he pulled out, he was texting? I know he should not be texting at all....BUT if is is going to text....why not send the text wh... read more
  • May 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm
    Ralph Kramden says:
    33 yrs old and texting? Get a life! And, he should get more than just 2 points and a $100 fine. Community service at a morgue where people were killed by people who were te... read more
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