Driver facing drug trafficking charges, injured in motorcycle crash in Rockingham

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ROCKINGHAM — A 45-year-old Pittsford man is facing multiple charges following an investigation that started in Rockingham earlier this week.

Police initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford F-250 for several observed violations on VT RT 103 on Sunday, at around 11:23 p.m.

During the course of the stop, a probable cause of criminal activity was determined and the vehicle was subsequently seized while troopers applied for a search warrant.

The driver, identified as Scott Chandler, and a female passenger was released at the scene.

At around 12:10 a.m on Tuesday, police were alerted to two suspicious subjects seen driving up to and moving around the Westminster barracks perimeter fences.

Police say they attempted to make contact with the individuals seen on motorcycles but they had fled before police arrived.

An unoccupied motorcycle was located on a dirt road adjacent to the barracks.

Police say a second motorcycle was observed nearby and immediately accelerated away from the area.

Police attempted to catch up to the motorcycle to conduct a traffic stop, but prior to activating their emergency lights, the operator crashed on US Route 5 in Westminster, near the Big Red Barn.

The driver of the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 70 miles-per-hour prior to crashing, police say.

Police identified the operator of the motorcycle as Scott Chandler.

Chandler was transported to Springfield ER and later flown via DHART to DHMC where his condition is currently stable.

“The circumstances surrounding the suspicious actions at the barracks as well as the events leading up to and involving the crash are currently under investigation,” a statement issued by police reads.

Tuesday afternoon police executed a search warrant on Chandler’s vehicle, which was being stored at the Westminster Barracks.

Police say they located 600 bags of fentanyl, 21.5 grams of crack cocaine, 15 grams of powder cocaine, and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Chandler is facing multiple charges which include trafficking fentanyl, importation of fentanyl into the State, possession of cocaine, possession of narcotics, stimulant, and depressant.

He was issued a citation via his attorney and is ordered to appear in court on June 1.