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Man leads VSP on high-speed chase though Quechee, West Hartford

On Oct. 19, VSP Royalton attempted to stop Robert Blanchard, 50, after he made threats to harm others, including law enforcement.  Blanchard refused to stop when the troopers activated their lights and sirens. The pursuit exceeded the speed limit several times and proceeded through Quechee and West Hartford, onto Route 14 in Sharon. Troopers set up with tire deflation strips and were able to deflate both front tires of the fleeing vehicle.

Troopers then boxed the vehicle in to bring it to a stop, in a field off Route 14. After ascertaining that Blanchard was unarmed, he and his dog (both unharmed) were removed peacefully from the vehicle.

The dog was taken to a friend’s residence to be cared for, and Blanchard was taken into custody. Windsor and Hartford PD assisted VSP with this case.

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