Barre man pleads to drug and motor vehicle charges
BARRE — A Barre man who faced felony drug charges stemming from incidents in which police say he was twice passed out in his running vehicle while high on drugs, and later tried to elude police, agreed to a plea deal on lesser charges Wednesday.
Frank R. Schneider, 32, pleaded guilty to his second charge of driving under the influence as well as possession of cocaine, attempting to elude an officer and negligent operation, all misdemeanors. He was sentenced to one to five years of pre-approved furlough, entry into an intensive substance abuse program, and 40 hours of community service.
The conviction for driving under the influence stems from an incident in January in which police say Schneider was high on drugs and passed out in his running vehicle at the Fast Stop Deli in Barre. Police say he was found passed out on drugs again in July in his running vehicle in the Big Lots parking lot in Berlin. Schneider missed his arraignment on the July charges, and an arrest warrant was issued.
In August, police found Schneider driving in Barre, but he failed to pull over and led police on a high-speed chase back to his house.
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