A Burke man arrested for suspicion of drunken driving tried to escape into the trunk of a Vermont State Police cruiser. Robert Maximov, 27 pleaded not guilty in Caledonia Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving – second offense, violating conditions of release, driving with a license suspended for DUI, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, resisting arrest – second offense, unlawful mischief and escape from custody. Vermont State Police Tpr. David Garces said he was approaching the intersection of Depot Street and Main Street in Lyndonville when an oncoming car turned onto Depot Street into his lane and nearly crashed into his police cruiser. I smelled a strong odor of intoxicant emanating from his person. He had bloodshot and watery eyes. His speech was confused and slurred.” Maximov provided a preliminary breath test of .232 blood alcohol content. He was then handcuffed and arrested for suspicion of DUI. He broke through the rear seat cage partition which separated the rear seat and the trunk of the cruiser. Maximov was eventually extracted from the cruiser’s trunk and taken to the Vermont State Police barracks in St. Johnsbury. Maximov faces a possible sentence of up to eleven years in prison and $11,000 in fines.
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