Ex-FBI chief’s condition remains mystery after crash

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh remained hospitalized Wednesday, two days after he crashed his SUV in southern Vermont.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del., was admitted under armed guard to the intensive care unit of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after the 12:15 p.m. EDT crash Monday on Vermont 12 in Barnard.

The bureau put the armed protection in place because of Freeh’s past work on terrorism while serving as FBI director from 1993 to 2001, the authorities said.

The Vermont State Police initially said Freeh was seriously injured in the crash. The agency said Wednesday there is no indication Freeh’s car was tampered with. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but the police did say Tuesday there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the wreck.

Because of the nature of the single-car crash, the state police accident reconstruction team was not called in, said Lt. William Jenkins, station commander at the Royalton barracks.

An unidentified FBI agent, believed to be off-duty, happened to be among the first people at the crash scene, police said.

Representatives of the FBI in Boston refused Wednesday to transfer phone calls to Special Agent Vincent Lisi, who supervises four New England states, or any of his five assistant special agents in charge.

The extent of Freeh’s injuries and how long he will be hospitalized remains unknown.

Freeh founded Freeh Group International Solutions, a consulting group with offices in Washington; Wilmington, Del.; and New York. Nobody answered the phones at the three offices Wednesday.

A former federal judge, Freeh is known for his handling of high-profile FBI cases including the Unabomber and the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta in 1996. More recently, he prepared a report highly critical of Penn State University’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

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