New York man is charged with DUI after driving up a SKI slope at Vermont’s Magic Mountain resort 


New York man is charged with DUI after driving Range Rover up a SKI slope at Vermont’s Magic Mountain resort

  • Frederick Bretcher, 59, from Shelter Island was driving Range Rover
  • The vehicle left ruts in the beginners ski terrain on Glebe Mountain
  • It is the second time Bretcher has been charged with a DUI 

A New York man has been arrested after driving a Range Rover several hundred feet up a ski slope at a resort in Vermont on Friday evening.

Frederick P Bretcher, 59, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after he drove up Magic Mountain, in Londonderry. 

Vermont State Police said it was the second time the man, from Shelter Island in New York City, had been charged with a DUI. 

Officers were called to the mountain after workers at a nearby tavern spotted the Range Rover being driven up the ski trail on Glebe Mountain at around 11pm.

A view of Magic Mountain where the man reportedly drove his Range Rover up the side on Friday evening

Craig Moulton, of Magic’s Black Line Tavern, told the Chester Telegraph, that they were closed for the night and about to go home when someone spotted the vehicle being driven up from the parking lot onto the hill. 

‘He got a couple of hundred feet up the terrain park and turned around,’ Mr Moulton said.  

Officers said the man had ‘displayed indicators of impairment’ upon being stopped and following additional testing was found to be over the driving limit and subsequently arrested. 

The man was arrested after he was caught driving the Range Rover up a slope in the beginner terrain at the ski resort

The man was arrested after he was caught driving the Range Rover up a slope in the beginner terrain at the ski resort

The man is due to appear in Windham County Superior Court on March 17 to face the charge.  

A Magic Mountain representative told the local media outlet that the man had been driving a Range Rover as he attempted to go up the ski trail known as Hocus Pocus – a beginners skiing area. 

He said the vehicle made ruts in the terrain, but it was repaired by the resort’s groomer.   

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