Brandon Police Report: Officer dragged by driver

BRANDON — Just after 11 p.m. on  Jan. 4, police responded to a report of a male driver who had almost hit a tour bus on Park Street and was possibly intoxicated. When they arrived on the scene they found the bus parallel parked on Center Street and a silver GMC Sierra on the curb by the side walk. The operator of the GMC,  later identified as Jason Wood (45) of Pittsford,  appeared to be sleeping. When officers made contact with Wood, he said he was waiting for the Chinese Restaurant to open, even though it had been closed for three hours. Wood appeared to be extremely intoxicated. One of the officers asked him to turn the truck off and step out of the vehicle. Wood refused, and became defiant towards the officers.

Officers then informed Wood that he was being detained at this point. After repeated orders to exit his vehicle, Wood then began to shift the truck from park into drive. One of the officers ran to his cruiser and positioned it in front the vehicle in an attempt to prevent Wood from fleeing. Officers ordered Wood to give them the keys to the truck, but he refused. When they attempted to open the vehicle door, they found that it was locked. An offer attempted to reach into the truck to unlock the driver’s side door at which point Wood struck out at the officer. When the officer then tried to grab Wood’s keys from the ignition, Wood put the vehicle in reverse and drove six to seven feet with the officer trapped in the window. A second officer attempted to break the passenger side window with his baton. The first officer was able to access his taser and convince Wood to stop, which he did, briefly. 

The second officer was able to run over to the driver’s side of the car and assist the first with de-escalating the situation  and convincing Wood to stop trying to flee. They also managed to open the driver’s side door and remove Wood from the truck. After a brief struggle , they took him into custody. Wood was transported to Porter Hospital in Middlebury by Brandon Area Rescue for a precautionary medical evaluation before being released back into the custody of the arresting officers. After being processed by Brandon Police, Wood was transported to the Rutland County Superior Court-Criminal Division on Jan. 5, for arraignment on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Gross Careless And Negligent Operation, DUI-Alcohol (fourth offense) and Driving With a Criminally Suspended Drivers License-Third Or Subsequent Offense (DLS). 

 In other activity Brandon Police:


• Received a call about suspicious individuals looking into a Carver Street resident’s car as well as other vehicles in the neighborhood.

• Provided K9 Guinness assistance to the Rutland County Sheriff’s deputies with a search warrant on a motor vehicle.


• Responded to Whipple Hollow Road in Pittsford to assist Pittsford Police for a mental health issue. 

• Responded to a report of a suspicious person looking into the windows of vehicles parked in the Hannaford’s parking lot. 

• Responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle on Town Farm Road near the intersection of Richmond Road.

• Assisted Pittsford Police with a domestic disturbance call at a residence on Hendee Lane in the Town of Pittsford.

• Arrested Lisa M. Forbes (57), of Brandon, after officers responded to a call of a citizens dispute on Mulcahy Drive. Forbes was cited to appear at Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m., to answer to the charges of Unlawful Mischief and Disorderly Conduct. 

• Responded a suspected DUI on ParkStreet and felt with an assault.


• Received two 911 hang-ups from Carver Street. Both declined police assistance.

• Responded to Carver Street for a report of someone trying to break into a residence, finding that the incident actually involved a verbal domestic disturbance between a female and her boyfriend at the residence. Police later responded to the same residence, in the same day, at a home on Carver Street for a third domestic disturbance call in a row between a girlfriend and boyfriend. 


• Responded to a report of possible break-in at a home on Fox Road. The police department had been doing property checks on the home while the homeowner had been recently out-of-town and knew that she had recently returned home. When contacted, the homeowner affirmed that there was no problem. 

 • Received a call from a therapist in southern Vermont advising that one of their juvenile patients reported that they had been sexually assaulted on several occasions by a juvenile male classmate. A preliminary report was taken and the complaint was subsequently forwarded to the Rutland County SIU for further investigation. 

• Conducted a sex offender registry check on individual that was not in compliance with the registry. 

• Responded to an alarm at a Forest Dale Road property. Alarm was false and the scene was cleared.

• Arrested Jacob A. Chevalier, 30, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., late Friday evening on at a Carver Street residence for domestic assault. Chevalier was released on conditions and ordered to appear before the Rutland County Superior Court-Criminal Division on Jan. 9, at 12:30 p.m. for arraignment.


• Located  a  male shouting racial slurs and walking in and out of the roadwayon Center Street. The perpetrator toldw told police he was heading for New York and looking for a church to stay. He was sent on his way without further incident.

• Assisted the Brandon Fire Department on Church Street with a report of a trash can fire. 

• Referred a report of a stray Black Lab on Grove Street to the Animal Control Officer.

• Investigated a possible sex crime at Otter Valley Union High School. Investigation ongoing. 


• Patrolled Mulch Drive but witnessed no activity.

• Assisted a hiker that had lost her car key while hiking in the Brandon Gap with arranging to get her vehicle towed. 

• Received report of two silver trucks passing vehicles at high rates of speed on Franklin Street in the area of Hawk View Road. Two trucks matching the description were later stopped by police, but both drivers denied involvement.

• Assisted Brandon Rescue with a medical incident on Triangle Court. The subject was then transported to the hospital for further care and evaluation. 

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