September 13, 2016
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says an annual "Poker Run" ATV ride in the Stamford area led to several criminal arrests and a multitude of civil violations.
Vermont Game Wardens and US Forest Service law enforcement personnel conducted ATV checkpoints over Labor Day weekend in Stamford and Pownal.
Jesse Latulipe, 31, of Torrington, CT was arrested after almost hitting two game wardens and a federal officer with his Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) when he refused to stop when signaled to do so. Latulipe was apprehended after getting his UTV buried in the mud along a power line, but his passenger fled on foot. Latulipe was charged with DUI and careless & negligent operation and is due to appear in Bennington Superior Court on October 17 to answer the charges.
Latulipe's passenger was later identified as 26-year old Robert H. Zuffelato of Torrington, CT. Zuffelato was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI and is due to appear in Bennington Superior Court on October 17 to answer his charges.
Michael Holland, 33, of Stamford, VT was apprehended at his residence after he fled a compliance check point, hitting two ATV's operated by wardens. He was charged with attempting to elude.
Wardens are also asking the public's help in identifying an older male with long grey hair and glasses who was operating a newer model yellow side-by-side UTV with a full windshield, possibly a Can-Am Maverick 1000R. The operator failed to stop and fled a compliance check point almost striking several law enforcement officials. The incident took place near the Junction of County Road and Klondike Road in Stamford around 10:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3.
Vermont game wardens remind ATV enthusiasts that although some towns allow ATV operation on select town roads, the machines must be registered in Vermont or another state.
ATV enthusiasts are also encouraged to join Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association, V.A.S.A., to have access to legal trail systems and other benefits. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Media Contact: Col. Jason.Batchelder@Vermont.Gov, 802-828-1529
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: September 13, 2016 14:46:09