Barre inspection mechanic convicted of reckless endangerment after passing vehicle involved in fatal crash

BARRE — Steven Jalbert of Barre, was convicted last Friday on two counts of reckless endangerment, in what was Vermont’s first criminal prosecution arising out of the failure to properly conduct a motor vehicle safety inspection.

Jalbert was a certified Vermont State Inspection Mechanic in May 2014, when prosecutors say he engaged in conduct that placed others in danger of death or serious bodily injury by allowing a vehicle to pass the annual safety inspection when its brake lines and rocker panels were rusted, corroded, and in a visibly unsafe condition.

“Allowing the vehicle to pass inspection risked harm to the operator, any passengers and other persons using Vermont’s roads,” a statement issued the Attorney General’s Office reads.

The vehicle was subsequently involved in a crash during which a passenger, Elizabeth Ibey, suffered fatal injuries.

Mr. Jalbert was sentenced to six to 18 months imprisonment, all suspended but for 90 days pre-approved furlough to home confinement.

He is required to participate in the reparative program and must cooperate with Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in communicating potential consequences for failure to properly conduct motor vehicle safety inspections.

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