Police: Impaired driver attempted to flee through cornfield in Coventry

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COVENTRY — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department today released information relating to an incident in Coventry back in December of 2020, where a driver is alleged to have taken off through a cornfield to avoid arrest.

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Deputy Gonyaw says that while on duty on December 18, he witnessed a man known to him as 31-year-old Keith Sylvester Jr., operating a truck on Vermont Route 14 near the intersection on Vermont Route 5.

He says he initiated a traffic stop when Sylvester attempted to elude through a cornfield off of Vermont Route 14.

Deputy Gonyaw later located the truck in a cornfield on Currier Hill Road.

He then located Sylvester and two passengers who had fled from the truck in the cornfield.

Sylvester is alleged to have given false information to Deputy Gonyaw as to who was driving the truck.

Sylvester was placed under arrest and transported to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department for processing.

According to the report, a passenger of the truck advised them that they were in fear of their lives when Sylvester fled from police.

He was processed for DUI #2, driving while license suspended, grossly negligent operation, attempting to elude, false reports to law enforcement authorities, and recklessly endangering another person.

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