NEWPORT, VT - Ty Morrison Jr. of Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport negotiated the dismissal of two counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools in exchange for pleading guilty to three counts of burglary. Each conviction will be punished with 2 years and 6 months to 7 years in jail, running concurrently. Morrison will also have to pay restitution to be determined at a future date.
Vermont State Trooper Chris Hunt was traveling with Trooper Debra Munson on Churchill Road in Brownington after 11 p.m. on August 15, 2011, when they spotted a vehicle with low hanging exhaust pipes parked in the travel portion of the road, with the lights out.
When Trooper Munson activated her blue light, Morrison took off traveling north onto Hinman-Settler Road at a high rate of speed reaching 60 mph. At the intersection of Frog Pond Road, the vehicle went airborne, sending sparks flying when the car landed.
The pursuit was terminated after approximately three miles due to the weather and road conditions. Shortly thereafter, Vermont State Police (VSP) Trooper Rajesh Hailey caught up with Morrison and followed him onto the Chapdelaine Road where he then lost contact with the suspect.
Early the next morning, at 1:24 a.m., VSP Sgt. Darren Annis located the vehicle back on Hinman-Settler Road and was able to identify Morrison before losing sight of the vehicle. Morrison and passenger Christopher Lakin were then spotted standing in a driveway on Chapdelaine Road.
Trooper Hunt was able to obtain a search warrant for the residence and found 4-5 black cash register drawers, numerous DVDs, bolt cutters, and other items. A second search warrant of the entire premises turned up numerous items identified as being stolen.
A rash of burglaries have occurred within the past six weeks, all within 6-8 miles of the residence. Scampy's General Store in Charleston, Evansville Trading Post, and Robins Roost in Westmore are included among the businesses that have been burglarized recently.