Burlington, VT- A St. Albans man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault in connection to an altercation in early September that sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries, and left one unconscious for nearly 48 hours.
According to court records, Dakota Champagne, 25, St. Albans, was in court on Tues. and ordered to be released on conditions including a 24-hour curfew and responsible adult supervision. A case summary says an attorney for the state meant to request that Champagne be held without bail, but forgot to file the request. A hearing will be scheduled for the motion to hold Champagne without bail.
Champagne is also facing three counts of aggravated disorderly conduct for verbally insulting a woman who was friends with the two victims.
The police affidavit describes the attack that led to gruesome injuries for the two victims. One victim suffered a fractured skull and was knocked unconscious from the time of the assault at approximately 11:46 PM on Sept. 8 to the evening hours of Sept. 10. The other victim reportedly suffered a fractured jaw, both were treated at UVMMC.
According to witnesses, an argument between two groups led to Champagne punching the first victim before running away with the second victim in pursuit. Champagne then allegedly turned around and punched the second victim, knocking him unconscious and causing him to hit his head in the fall. Police say that the incident was captured on five city security cameras.
Burlington Police arrested Champagne after he was pulled over for speeding Monday evening.
A records check of Champagne’s criminal history shows two failures to appear, 3 misdemeanor convictions on 5 charges, and one conviction on an assaultive crime charge.
Champagne’s next court hearing has not been put into the Chittenden Criminal Division court calendar yet.