Police Say Woman Tried to Pull Man Out of Car at Lebanon Middle School

Staff Report

Published: 10-31-2017 11:50 PM

Lebanon — A 20-year-old Burlington woman faces several charges after police alleged she tried to steal a man’s vehicle at Lebanon Middle School on Monday morning while he and his children were in it.

Sarah Pavia attempted to pull the 38-year-old man from the car, but was unable to do so, Lebanon police said in a news release. The man was in the process of dropping one of his children off at school around 7:30 a.m.; two other children were inside the vehicle at the time.

Pavia left the middle school and an officer located her on foot on the Dartmouth College Highway. When confronted by the officer, Pavia tried to steal his police cruiser. Following a brief struggle, an officer took Pavia into custody, where she provided a fake name, date of birth and address, the release states.

During the course of the investigation, police said they learned Pavia had allegedly stolen a vehicle from Burlington on Sunday night and crashed it on Interstate 89 in Lebanon. Pavia allegedly left the scene of that crash. Early Monday morning, a passer-by called police to report the wrecked vehicle.

Pavia faces felony charges of attempted robbery and theft, as well as receiving stolen property. She also has been charged with misdemeanor offenses of resisting arrest, conduct after an accident, criminal mischief and providing a false report to an officer.

On Oct. 27, police arrested Pavia in Highgate, Vt., after she allegedly led them on a chase on Interstate 89 southbound, according to a separate news release. Pavia allegedly was under the influence of drugs at the time of that incident. Police released her on a citation to appear in court later this month.

Pavia remains held at the Grafton County Jail on $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned in Grafton Superior Court on Dec. 18.


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The incident at Lebanon Middle School happened Monday morning. An earlier version of this report gave an incorrect date.