3 members of Vermont family arrested for DUI at the same crime scene

Nicholas, Joshua and Brian Woodward are facing charges after a single-car crash in Fletcher.
By Evan Bleier  |  Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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FLETCHER, Vt., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Three members of a Vermont family were all arrested for DUI after a single-car crash in Fletcher following a day of fishing.

Even though only one of them was driving during the crash, Nicholas, 19, Joshua, 22 and their father, 46-year-old Brian Woodward were all arrested and charged.

According to Vermont State Police, they were alerted about the crash by a Vermont Fish and Wildlife game warden. When police arrived, they found Joshua behind the wheel with a BAC level that was allegedly three times the legal limit.

While police were dealing with Joshua, Nicholas drove up in a truck to check on him, according to Vermont State Trooper Richard Stepien. When Nicholas got out, his dad slid over into the driver's seat and moved the truck closer to the action.

Officers observed that both men appeared intoxicated or were behaving as if they had ingested alcohol. Brian was given a breathalyzer test at the scene and Nicholas was asked to perform roadside tests. Eventually both men were arrested and booked for DUI.

Both sons already have previously been arrested for driving under the influence.

The day "started out with a wonderful day out fishing on the waterways," but it "took an ugly turn after making some irresponsible decisions which ended up poorly," Stepien told the Burlington Free Press.

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