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Quick-thinking youths prevent DUI tragedy

Four Vermont youths used their wits and persistence to halt a driver who was headed the wrong way along an interstate.
/ Source: The Associated Press

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. — Young people behind the wheel are often derided, but four Vermont youths have been honored for their quick, "selfless" response on the road.

"I'm pretty confident you saved somebody's life," Trooper Earl Dessert told the foursome Tuesday in a ceremony at the Vermont State Police barracks.

On Nov. 18, Jennifer Aldrich, 18, of Ludlow, was northbound on the Interstate when she and passengers Sarah Barrett, 18, Christopher Sanborn, 18, and Barrett's brother, Army National Guard PFC David Barrett, 20, of Delco, N.C., noticed a northbound car that was driving in the southbound lanes.

Aldrich kept pace with the wrong-way vehicle for at least six miles as she honked her horn and flashed her headlights, trying to get the attention of driver Charles Molloy, 50, of Guilford, Conn.

Finally, after at least one driver swerved to avoid Molloy's car, he stopped. Sanborn and David Barrett then crossed the highway median to keep Molloy from driving away.

Molloy — who'd thought he was headed home — was charged with DUI and grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle.