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Man charged with destroying fence with his vehicle, harassing woman in Pownal

POWNAL — A 28-year-old man was charged following an incident in Pownal on Monday.

Authorities say they received a complaint from a Pownal woman regarding property damage to a fence in her yard on Cardinal Blvd.

She alleged that it was her ex-boyfriend, identified as Oliff J. Russell Jr., of Pownal.

It was known that Russell Jr. had several prior criminal charges stemming from his actions toward the woman in recent years.

Police say while conducting a follow-up investigation at the home, Russell Jr. drove near her house and left the trailer park abruptly upon seeing cruisers at the scene.

Officers from the Williamstown Massachusetts Police Department later reported that Russell Jr. was involved in a motor vehicle crash in their city, less than one mile from the Vermont-Massachusetts border.

Police were notified that Russell Jr. fled the scene on foot.

Following an investigation, it was found that Russell Jr. visited the woman’s residence at least twice over the course of three hours to continue his destruction of the fence with his vehicle and was doing so with a criminally suspended operator’s license.

He was later found at Southern Vermont Medical Center receiving treatment for injuries he sustained in the crash and charged with one count of unlawful mischief as well as one count of operating with a criminally suspended license.

Russell’s charges resulted in being lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility following an emergency arrest by Bennington County Probation and Parole.

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