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Posted on: February 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Vermont man charged with felony aggravated DWI


According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on February 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of State Route 4 in the Town of Whitehall for a report of a vehicle that had been involved in an accident and left the scene.

While in the area, patrols came upon a Jeep Liberty, off the roadway and stuck on a guide wire. As deputies approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Robert L. Burgardt, 64, of South Poultney, Vermont, began accelerating and spinning the tires of the vehicle.

Burgardt continued to spin the tires and was able to break the vehicle free of the guide wires. Burgardt’s vehicle entered back onto the highway skidding and sliding from the northbound lane to the southbound lane. The vehicle was riding with at least one tire down to the rim. Burgardt ultimately lost control of the vehicle again and came to rest, off the roadway, in a field.

Burgardt appeared intoxicated and failed several field sobriety tests before refusing to complete the rest. He was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center in Fort Edward where he was processed. Burgardt tested a .24% blood alcohol content.

After an investigation, it was learned that Burgardt was the vehicle in question to the original hit and run case where a pole and propane supply tank was struck in the parking lot of Macleod's Lumber and Hardware.

Burgardt was charged with multiple vehicle and traffic violations, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and felony aggravated driving while intoxicated due to a prior conviction within 10 years. Burgardt was released pending prosecution and is due in Whitehall Court on a later date.

Deputy Paul Trottier made the arrest.

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