Chase leads to multiple charges

Published: Nov. 18, 2017 at 6:36 PM EST
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A routine traffic stop led to a police chase and threats against officers. The chase went through several towns in northern Vermont and ended with the arrest of a Milton man.

Officers say Milton police attempted to stop the vehicle for several violations when the driver, Philip Katon, 50, sped away. The chase continued north onto Interstate 89 where spike strips were deployed but the vehicle continued on rims. During the pursuit, police say Katon called the Milton Police Department and threatened to kill officers if they did not call off the chase.

"State police in St. Albans picked up the pursuit on the interstate. The subject did not stop for our blue lights and he in fact contacted our dispatch and told them we was not going to stop for us," said Jay Riggen of the Vermont State Police.

"It's notable that during this incident this individual was in possession of firearms and was in possession of knives. So, a very scary incident for police involved and fortunately there were no police harmed and the suspect was not harmed as well," Riggen said.

The pursuit ended in East Highgate where police say Katon barricaded himself in the car forcing officers to smash the window to take him into custody. He faces multiple charges including resisting arrest and threats of violence.