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Vt. man who threatened police on I-89 avoids jail time

November 16. 2017 8:29PM

In an image from cellphone video, Bryan Evans of Quechee, Vt., is confronted by police on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton on May 19. (ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE)

CONCORD — The Vermont man who threatened police on Interstate 89 last May avoided jail time by pleading to three lesser offenses in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord this week.

Bryan Evans, 31, received three one-year prison terms, all suspended for good behavior, along with two years of probation.

After having been charged with felony motor vehicle and drug charges, Evans pleaded guilty this week to two misdemeanor offenses of criminal threatening and one misdemeanor count of disobeying an officer.

Evans was shot in the leg following an altercation with state police and local officers after he had been stopped on Interstate 89 last May 19 for driving an allegedly stolen vehicle.

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald’s office ruled the shooting was justified because Evans had refused to show his hands and at one point pulled a hand out of his pocket and pointed it as if it were a gun.

After he was shot in the leg, Evans got back into his vehicle and drove away before stopping in the breakdown lane again. Officers then arrested Evans, who authorities said did not have a gun.

During the standoff, Evans warned one officer he would be “the dead man” if authorities sent a police dog after him.

VIDEO -- May 19, 2017, police shooting on I-89 in Hopkinton:

Evans came into the court wearing crutches and county prosecutors told the court that his lack of a criminal record and the serious injuries he suffered played a role in seeking lesser punishment for Evans. His mother did not want to pursue charges that Evans had stolen her car.

Evans was charged in Vermont with burglary, grand larceny, unlawful mischief, petty larceny and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

He pled guilty to unlawful mischief and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and got a two-year deferred sentence on both charges.

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