A South Burlington man was charged with driving under the influence on a snowy Christmas Eve after police say he caused a three-car crash on Interstate 89 in Richmond.
Vermont State Police said Andrew Weiner, 31, was driving a 2006 Ford Escape on Dec. 24 at 3:30 p.m. northbound on I-89 near the Route 2 overpass when he rear-ended another vehicle. That vehicle, a Honda Pilot, was driven by Jessica S. Lasher, 41, of Burlington. Police said Weiner then lost control of his car and hit another northbound car driven by James M. Henault, 65, of Long Meadow, Mass. Henault lost control and entered the median, rolling several times before landing in the southbound lanes of traffic, police said. No southbound vehicles were involved in the crash.
Henault was transported with minor injuries to his shoulder and chest. A passenger and a dog in Henault’s car were uninjured.
Police said it was snowing heavily at the time of the crash and that the interstate was slush and snow-covered. State police were assisted on scene by the Richmond Fire Department and Williston EMS.
Northbound and southbound traffic was reduced to one lane at the scene for approximately one hour while the crash was cleared.
Weiner was arrested and processed for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. He was later cited for DUI First Offense.