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Orange County deputy granted exceptions to curfew amid road rage shooting case

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 12/18/2019 10:35:06 PM
Modified: 12/18/2019 10:34:57 PM

CHELSEA — A Vermont Superior Court judge has agreed to amend the curfew hours for an Orange County sheriff’s deputy accused of a road rage shooting while off-duty earlier this year.

William Pine, 49, has been under a 24-hour curfew at his Brookfield, Vt., home, and has been barred from driving since his citation in October.

But on Wednesday, his attorney David Sleigh requested that the court consider exceptions to his release conditions.

During an appearance in Orange Superior Court, Sleigh said Pine has had to miss “Christmas events” at his children’s school and a family vacation because of the curfew.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas Zonay agreed to some exceptions to the curfew, allowing Pine to drive a car for work, attend work from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., and go to school events as long as he is with his wife, according to the amended conditions of his release.

The sheriff’s department has said Pine is on administrative leave, but Sleigh said Pine has simply not been scheduled — or paid — to work any hours since he was cited. Messages left for Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak were not returned Wednesday.

Pine is facing two counts of attempted aggravated assault following the incident in early October. Kevin Goodale, 41 of Brookfield, and Nathan Lyonnais, 37, of Barton, Vt., told police they were driving in Williamstown, Vt., when someone started tailgating them around 7:45 p.m. When they reached the intersection with Route 64, the person pulled in front of them, cutting off their car, according to an October news release from the Vermont State Police. The two men drove away and reported hearing gunshots behind them, with two of the bullets hitting their car, police said in the release. The person identified himself as a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the release said.

Pine is a former Berlin, Vt., police officer and a veteran who served 23 years in the U.S. Army before retiring in 2016.

Anna Merriman can be reached at amerriman@vnews.com or at 603-727-3216.

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