Reckless Endangerment, Negligent Operation


TYPE OF INCIDENT: Reckless Endangerment, Negligent Operation
DATE OF INCIDENT: February 3, 2020
TIME OF INCIDENT: 2244 hours

NAME: Phoebe Knox
AGE: 19
ADDRESS: St. Albans, Vermont

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On February 3, 2020 at approximately 2200 hours, a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy was conducting speed enforcement on Route 104 near Toof Road when the Deputy observed a vehicle traveling north on Route 104 at a speed greater than the posted 50 mph speed limit.

Once the vehicle passed the Deputy, it began to accelerate away. As the Deputy approached the intersection of Woods Edge Road, the Deputy noticed the vehicle off the roadway approximately five feet from a telephone pole. The operator was identified as Phoebe Knox, 19 of St Albans, Vermont. Investigation revealed that Knox attempted to flee from the Deputy before losing control and going off the roadway. Knox had a passenger in the vehicle at the time and no one was injured.

Knox was taken into custody and transported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in St Albans for processing. She was released with a citation to appear in Franklin County District Court-Criminal Division on March 9, 2020 at 1300 hours.

Kid Rock is getting his own giant middle finger sculpture from Vermont "It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly."

“It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly.”

Ted Pelkey’s middle finger sculpture being installed at his home in Westford, Vermont. –Courtesy of Ted Pelkey


Nik DeCosta-Klipa

1:36 PM

Ted Pelkey’s giant middle finger sculpture apparently has fans beyond Vermont’s Route 128.  And the Westford resident’s work of “art” will soon have a twin in Nashville.

Pelkey says he’s driving down to Tennessee with his wife later this month to hand-deliver a second version of his 700-pound wooden sculpture to singer Kid Rock. As WCAX first reported last week, the country music star called the 54-year-old Vermont native in December to express his admiration — and to ask if he could get his own middle finger sculpture.

“It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly,” Pelkey told over the phone Wednesday. “He just really wants one.”

Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, has made the crude gesture something of his personal signature through his personal appearances, song lyrics, merchandise, and album art. Pelkey said he first got a voicemail from Rock around Christmas, in which the 48-year-old singer said he “liked my style.” Despite recent controversies, Pelkey noted that Rock came off as a real “down-to-earth guy” during their phone calls.

“I would do it for him if it wasn’t Kid Rock,” he added.

Pelkey had the original sculpture commissioned in November to protest Westford town officials, who he felt were treating him unfairly in a dispute over his efforts to build a garage on his property. He paid a local artist for the massive middle finger sculpture, which he mounted on a 16-foot platform in his yard and lit with floodlights. Considered a work of “public art” under Vermont law, the giant bird was allowed to stay up, catching the attention of both Route 128 drivers and nationalnews outlets.

“It was critical to me to make sure that my neighbors and the people who live in this town understood that I didn’t put that up there for them,” Pelkey told at the time. “It is aimed directly at the people who sit in our town office.”

Rock is paying $4,000 — the same amount that Pelkey paid — for the second sculpture. Pelkey says he recently picked up Rock’s sculpture from the same artist who commissioned the original and is looking forward to hauling it down to the singer’s Nashville home. According to the Tennessean, Rock owns 170 acres of property in the city’s Whites Creek neighborhood.

The second sculpture won’t be the first crass display Rock has put up in Nashville, even if it will be somewhat hidden in the city’s outskirts. Earlier this year, Nashville’s Metro Council reluctantly approved a 20-foot sign outside the rock star’s new Broadway restaurant, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, that featured a giant guitar that was intentionally made to look like a woman’s butt.

Read More