Alleged intoxicated motorist facing numerous charges after forcing deputy off road

RUTLAND —  John C. Sheldon, 50, of 27224 Middle Road, Watertown, was arrested Sunday evening, July 26, for numerous traffic infractions including aggravated driving while intoxicated after nearly colliding head-on with a sheriff’s deputy patrol vehicle.

Deputies said Mr. Sheldon was traveling on Staplin Road in the town of Rutland at about 8:36 p.m. Sunday in a 2014 Ford pickup truck when he “swerved from his lane of travel into the oncoming lane of travel directly in front of a marked sheriff’s patrol car without correcting said actions, forcing the patrol car off the road and down a 5-foot embankment, causing the patrol to turn sideways and onto two wheels nearly rolling the patrol car. This action created a substantial risk of serious injury for the two occupants of the patrol vehicle should it have crashed under the above conditions,” according to court documents.

Mr. Sheldon was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, common law DWI, reckless driving, failure to keep right, failure to stop at a stop sign, insufficient turn signal less than 100-feet, a license plate violation, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and refusal to take a breath test.

He is summoned to appear Sept. 8 in Rutland Town Court.