South Hero man arrested after I-89 crash leads to fistfight

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A South Hero man faces multiple charges after police say he crashed his car on I-89 Sunday, then assaulted a man who pulled over to offer assistance.

Vermont State Police say Steven Bessette Jr., 33, was driving erratically on I-89 south just after noon Sunday when he lost control and crashed into a steel guidewire. Bessette then got into a verbal confrontation with another motorist who stopped to check on him, punching the man in the face. The motorist returned the blow, knocking Bessette unconscious, police said.

Bessette was taken to University of Vermont Medical Center and treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash and released into the custody of police. He is due in court next month on charges of driving under the influence, second offense; careless and negligent operation; simple assault; and disorderly conduct. 

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