BARRE ó A man who was injured while allegedly fleeing one of several burglaries around central Vermont last month was in court Wednesday to answer charges.
Erik D. Parker, 21, of Derby Line, pleaded not guilty to felony burglary and felony possession of stolen property in Washington County criminal court in Barre. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $6,000 fine.
According to affidavits from law enforcement, Parker and Kyle Larrabee, 19, burglarized three locations Feb. 17. Police say they stole around $3,000 worth of equipment from Interstate Maintenance Corp. in Barre Town and items from a garage in Orange County.
Police say that while Larrabee and Parker were burglarizing the Roxbury Country Store later that night, owner Randy Whitney caught them and tried to hold them down, but the two got away. Whitney told police he chased the two and remembered the license plate of the truck they drove off in.
The truck Larrabee was driving, according to police, crashed into a guardrail on Route 66 in Randolph and Larrabee ran off.
Police said a passenger, Stephanie Demar, 21, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
Parker had serious facial injuries from the crash, and in court Wednesday the injuries were evident in several red lines across his face.
When police searched the truck, they found several items reported stolen from the two garages as well as several cartons of cigarettes Whitney said had been taken from his store, according to the affidavit.
Vermont State Police said that when they questioned Larrabee and Parker about the burglaries, both denied burglarizing the store. Larrabee said he wasnít even driving, but Parker said Larrabee was. State police said Parker told them he did not remember anything that happened before the truck hit the guardrail and that he didnít even know where Roxbury was.
Larrabee pleaded not guilty Feb. 19 to a burglary charge stemming from the incident. Information was not available from the state police Wednesday on the medical status of Demar.
Parker is also facing a charge of driving with a suspended license in Woodbury on Dec. 26. He is being held on $10,000 bail.
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