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Highway to Hardwick: Driver Leads Vermont Cops on Slow-Speed Chase


Published October 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Kaitlin Davis
  • Kaitlin Davis

A driver led cops on a slow-speed chase over the weekend that spanned 59 miles, according to Vermont State Police.

It began around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 91 in Fairlee and ended at a home in Hardwick. That's where police took into custody 22-year-old Kaitlin Davis, who was charged with attempting to elude, driving with a criminally suspended license, careless and negligent operation, and violation of conditions stemming from a previous arrest.

A trooper first tried to stop Davis for a motor vehicle violation, but she allegedly refused to pull over. Police deployed spike strips in St. Johnsbury that were effective, but she kept on driving for another 20 miles, shredding two of her tires down to the rims, according to police.

"Several other attempts by VSP and Hardwick PD to spike the vehicle were ineffective," police said in a news release.

On Monday, Lt. John Flannigan, the state police traffic operations commander, declined to speak about Davis' case but said the chase would be reviewed by a state police "pursuit oversight committee" that examines every chase.

"When we look at pursuits, we take it very seriously, and we always weigh the risks versus the benefits," Flannigan said. "We'd like to end these in the safest and most efficient manner."

Davis did not respond to a request for comment. But on Monday, posts on a Facebook page that appears to be hers addressed the incident. One post refuted the police version of events, saying she drove just 43 miles during the chase — not 59.

"Everyone makes bad decisions," said another post.

Court records show that Davis has another case pending in district court in St. Johnsbury. According to a clerk there, the October 24 appearance is related to an April incident that also led to an attempt to elude charge.