Wild ride through Northeast Kingdom ends in crash, criminal charges

Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 11:19 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2022 at 5:50 PM EDT
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NEWPORT, Vt. (WCAX) - A teen appeared in Orleans County Court Thursday after a multi-town police chase ended with a crash and a search in the woods.

Nineteen-year-old Raquan Knight faced a judge after police say the Hartford, Connecticut, youth sped through several Northeast Kingdom towns and crashed in Barton.

“The allegations, in this case, is that there was an operation of a motor vehicle who was driving erratically in the city of Newport and that they fled from law enforcement, traveling through a number of towns at a high rate of speed. I think the top speed was over 120 miles per hour,” said Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett.

According to court paperwork, a Vermont State Trooper witnessed Knight fail to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and when police began to follow him, he took off. He allegedly drove from Newport into Derby at nearly 90 mph, weaving in and out of traffic.

A be-on-the-lookout was issued for Knight, who was driving a red Dodge Challenger. Police in Derby saw the car driving through the town towards Brownington at a high rate of speed. After that, police say he was seen in Orleans, and then again on I-91 going more than 120 mph.

Ultimately, authorities say Knight crashed in Barton and tried to flee on foot. “When the operator fled in the field, there were a large amount of drugs that were found that tested presumptively positive for fentanyl,” Barrett said.

Two people are in police custody after a high speed chase in the Northeast Kingdom.
Two people are in police custody after a high speed chase in the Northeast Kingdom.(WCAX)

Police say Knight had 161 bags of fentanyl, crack cocaine, marijuana, and a scale in the car. Barrett says Knight’s intent is concerning. “We have seen a lot of fatal overdoses that involve fentanyl in the last couple of weeks and in the last couple of months, so it’s extraordinarily concerning -- when it appears at least -- that there are no other legitimate reasons to be traveling here other than to deal drugs or sell drugs,” she said.

Edward Seadale owns a food truck right across from where the crash happened and says this type of activity in the area is disheartening.

Knight is being held on $15,000 bail.

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