Police: Wrong-way driver led chase with unrestrained child in front seat

Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 7:00 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 27, 2021 at 4:15 PM EST
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NEWPORT, Vt. (WCAX) - A Rhode Island man has pleaded not guilty to charges he drove the wrong way on Interstate 91 in Vermont with an unrestrained child in the front seat and fled from the police.

William Yediares, 39, of Johnston, Rhode Island, appeared in court on Monday.

Police say they got reports Sunday at about 9:30 p.m. of a driver heading south in the interstate’s northbound lane in the town of Sheffield.

Troopers found the vehicle after it had turned around and was heading north in the northbound lane.

They say Yediares was behind the wheel and refused to stop. He later crashed his car in Barton.

The 6-year-old who was riding in the front seat without a seat belt on suffered minor injuries.

Yediares’ conditions of release include not using or buying alcohol, only operating a vehicle for employment and a no-contact order with that child.

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