NEWPORT CITY — A Newport Center man remains behind bars for lack of bail after police said he drunkenly drove into a mobile home and a house in Irasburg and then spit repeatedly at police officers who were trying to arrest him.

Judge Gregory Rainville, on Tuesday, ordered John Stacey, 37, held on $2,500 bail, according to records in Orleans Superior Court criminal division.

He was still in Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport City for lack of bail Friday afternoon.

He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of third offense or more of drunken driving, two counts of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, records show.

Vermont State Police Cpl. Amy LeClair said in an affidavit that they were called at 8:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 to the home of Danielle and Michael Stevens on Route 58 in Irasburg, who said that Stacey had struck their house and water well cover with his pickup. Witnesses also said he hit a trailer.

They took his keys to stop him from driving away and hurting himself, LeClair stated.

LeClair said she and Trooper James Gallup arrived to find Stacey drunk and disorderly, with a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the truck.

Stacey tried to walk away and said he didn’t do anything wrong, and resisted providing information about what was going on, LeClair stated.

Stacey fought and spit at the officers repeatedly until he was held facing away from them, LeClair stated.

Rainville ordered Stacey to stay away from the homeowners and not harass them, and obey a curfew if released on bail.


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