A drunk man started driving up a Vermont ski slope, police say

The incident occurred with the mountain closed for the night.

Vermont State Police arrested a man last month who was allegedly driving drunk — up a ski slope.

Frederick P. Brechter, 59, of Shelter Island, New York, is facing his second drunken driving charge, according to state police. He was set to appear in Windham Superior Court on March 17.

Police were called to Magic Mountain in Londonderry at about 10:56 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. There, they were told a man was trying to drive out of a parking lot and up the slopes.

The mountain was closed for the night, and a worker leaving the mountain’s Black Line Tavern was the one who spotted the vehicle climbing the slope, according to The Chester Telegraph. Brechter was reportedly attempting to drive a Range Rover up the Hocus Pocus trail.


“He got a couple of hundred feet up the terrain park and turned around,” Craig Moulton of Black Line Tavern told the paper, adding that he hadn’t seen Brechter before.

Authorities thought Brechter appeared intoxicated and said he failed field sobriety tests.

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