by Mickey Smith
A man sought by the police for the past 10 years was captured in Johnson early Friday morning, January 4.
Shane Phillips, 32, of Johnson, has been wanted on several outstanding warrants stemming from a December 2002 incident, including: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, simple assault, and leaving the scene of an accident.
He found himself again in trouble with the law this past November 18 when State Troopers came into contact with him again as a result of a high speed pursuit, which involved Phillips attempting to hit a police car as he fled. Phillips eluded capture, but a second person in the vehicle, Raymond Earle was taken into custody.
Phillips faces charges of attempted aggravated assault on law enforcement, felony attempting to elude, careless and negligent operation and excessive speed.
He was arrested during what a Vermont State Police press release described as “the early morning hours of January 4” on Ober Hill Road. The press release goes on to say he was located by Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of the Vermont State Police “hiding within a residence.”
He was processed at the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department and then taken to Franklin County Superior Court – Criminal Division to be arraigned. He was held on lack of $500,000 bail for the original warrants and $30,000 for the November charges. He was lodged at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton.
The arrest was made as a result of a culmination of an investigation by the US Marshals Service’s Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF), the Vermont State Police and the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department.