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Man cited faces charges after fleeing on his snowmobile

Vermont State Game Wardens have charged Christopher Thomas, 29, of Springfield, in connection with a snowmobile violation that occurred Friday, Feb.5.

A Fish & Wildlife warden was conducting a snowmobile safety checkpoint at the CCC Camp in Grafton. At about 8 p.m. the warden was approached by three snowmobiles while displaying his flashing blue light to indicate the checkpoint. One of the three, an older model green Arctic Cat, did not stop and fled east on V.A.S.T. trails.

The warden determined that the riders had started riding from a residence in Rockingham and went there with the assistance of state police.

A snowmobile matching the description of the one that had fled from the checkpoint was found parked in the garage of the Rockingham residence with fresh tracks leading into the garage. The snowmobile was seized as evidence and  Thomas eventually admitted to not stopping at the checkpoint.

Christopher Thomas faces a maximum two years in prison and more than $2,500 in fines. He was cited to appear in Windham County Superior Court on March 30 to answer to the charges of attempting to elude on a snowmobile, providing false information to police, and having a modified muffler on his snowmobile.

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