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Fatal crash follows high speed chase

Williston, Vermont - July 24, 2010

Williston and State Police are investigating a fatal car crash last night in Williston. The accident happened after police tried to pull the vehicle over for driving erratically.

The driver-- 32-year-old Paul West of Hinesburg was killed. His passenger, 35-year-old James Savard Junior is listed in fair condition at Fletcher Allen.

When police arrived on the scene they found the 1996 Chevrolet Blazer smashed into a tree and telephone pole. The driver was dead.

It was the same car a Williston police officer attempted to pull over just moments before on route 2 near Shaws. Police said the driver, Paul West of Hinesburg instead took off.

The officer continued , and came upon the accident scene. Police say on route 2 the chevy blazer left the roadway, clipped a telephone pole and then 40 yards later slamming head on into the next pole and a tree.

The speed limit on this part of the road is 40. Police do not know how fast the Blazer was going when it crashed. While the accident is under department review, Williston police say it appears the actions of the officer are in accordance with department policy.

"it got to the point where the officer made the decision, nope this is not worth it and backed off it, which was appropriate to do. That's what our policy states. Our preliminary investigation shows at least from our standpoint is that our policy appears to have been followed, but we will continue our investigation and oversight into it," Williston Police Chief Roy Nelson said.

It is not known if alcohol was involved in the crash, Vermont State Police are investigating that part of the incident.

Judy Simpson - WCAX News

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