Suspect of High-Speed Car Pursuit Arraigned In Court

hithouseST. JOHNSBURY- The man who Police say led them on a high-speed pursuit in Lyndonville was arraigned in court today.

State police say that 29-year-old Michael King of St. Johnsbury was traveling at speeds of 80 to 100 miles per hour yesterday when he crashed into a home at 1559 Red Village Road. Tpr. Jason Danielsen reported that police attempted to stop King's red, 2005 Toyota Corolla, but he continued to speed away, initiating the pursuit. 

Fortunately, no residents of the home were injured during yesterday's incident. However, police do say that the house suffered structural damage.

According to State Attorney, Vincent Illuzzi, King was arraigned on two separate sets of charges today. In regards to the car crash, he was arraigned on four different counts which include, gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle, eluding a police officer, excessive speed, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

And in Essex County, he was arraigned on two counts of burglary and unlawful mischief in connection to a burglary in Concord last month. Following the arraignment, King was taken to Northeast Regional Correctional Facility.

"Conditions of bail included $15,000 dollars cash bail, as well as conditions that he return to court and not operate a motor vehicle. And also that he have no contact with the victim of the burglary, or the companion that was riding in the vehicle with him when he was chased by the police," said Illuzzi.

King did have one passenger with him at the time of the incident, identified as John Brown. He wil not be facing any charges. 

Illuzzi went on to note that further investigations into the reasonings behind King's offenses are pending.


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