A local man got a call from the Connecticut State Police saying his truck and been involved in a hit-and-run incident. But he wasn’t the driver. On Nov. 7, Joshua Lavallee, 37, told Vermont State Police he loaned his gray 2003 Chevrolet Silverado to a woman named Jessica Howard. Lavallee said he lent her the vehicle because he thought she was trying to turn her life around. Lavallee stated in the past Howard had a problem with drugs but he wanted to help her turn her life around. About two weeks later, Lavallee got the call from Connecticut police saying they were looking for his vehicle as it was involved in a hit-and-run. Lavallee then contacted Howard and asked her who she had lent the truck to but Howard declined to answer the question. Police then tried to contact Howard directly. “I attempted to reach Howard by phone using the number Lavallee provided me,” wrote Tpr. Drew. “Howard did not answer nor did she return my call.” Troopers from the St. Johnsbury State Police Barracks contacted Tpr. Drew saying they were out with a vehicle that had gone off the road. The vehicle was described as a gray 2003 Chevrolet Silverado registered to Joshua Lavallee. A female identified as Catherine Teixeira 38 of Newport Ctr had been operating the vehicle and had gone off the roadway,” wrote Tpr. Drew. “Teixeira stated she was returning from Pennsylvania….Lavallee said he doesn’t know who that person is and didn’t give them permission to drive.” Teixeira was then charged in Orleans Superior Court with misdemeanor vehicle operation without the owner’s consent. Teixeira pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on conditions and an unsecured $200 appearance bond by Judge Lisa A. Warren. It is unclear if Teixeira operated the truck during the Connecticut hit-and-run incident. Teixeira faces a possible sentence of up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted.
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