Angela Birk, 42, of Newport, who dragged a Vermont State Trooper along Interstate 91 in St. Johnsbury was sentenced by plea agreement on Wednesday. pleaded no contest to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and gross negligent operation and was sentenced by Judge Michael R. Kainen to 3-8 years – all suspended – except for two years to serve in prison with credit allowed by law. Birk will also have to serve eight years of probation and pay $294 in court surcharges. The state dismissed a charge of eluding police & negligent operation, as part of the plea agreement. In February of 2022, investigators say Birk dragged Sgt. Tarricone with her vehicle for about 50 yards along the highway before he was able to let go of the vehicle and then she fled police at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Before reaching the plea agreement with the state, Birk had been facing a possible sentence of up to 23 years in prison and $16,000 in fines.
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