• State police ask public’s help in finding Johnson fugitive
     | November 28,2012

    JOHNSON — Vermont State Police are asking the public to help find a man who has been wanted for over 10 years.

    Shane Phillips, 32, of Johnson is wanted on multiple aggravated assault charges. State police say they came into contact with Phillips while attempting a traffic stop Nov. 18 on Route 118 in Berkshire.

    According to state police, Phillips was driving fast and tried to crash into the driver’s side of an occupied state police cruiser.

    A chase ensued with speeds reaching 90 mph. State police say the chase ended in Belvidere with Phillips fleeing on foot. A police dog was brought in, and the suspect was tracked for three miles before state police gave up.

    Phillips is now wanted on charges of attempted aggravated assault on law enforcement, felony attempting to elude, careless and negligent operation, and excessive speed, police said.

    The passenger of the vehicle Phillips was driving also fled but was found. Raymond Earle, 37, of Wolcott, was taken into custody on arrest warrants.

    Anyone with information about Phillips’ whereabouts is asked to contact the state police barracks in St. Albans or the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department.

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