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Mass. officer resigns over Vt. DUI convictions

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BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - A veteran Barnstable police officer who pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in Vermont has resigned.

Chief Paul MacDonald says 48-year-old Scott Kynoch submitted his letter of resignation Monday instead of going through a hearing Tuesday to fight his anticipated dismissal.

MacDonald tells the Cape Cod Times the decision to fire Kynoch was based on the findings of an internal investigation.

The Mashpee resident and 23-year department veteran was arrested on May 26 and on July 13 for drunken driving in the Burlington, Vt., area

He pleaded guilty last month to the first drunken driving charge and to negligent operation of a motor vehicle to resolve the second one.

He was sentenced to 10 days on a work crew, alcohol counseling and suspended jail time.

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