Burlington's deputy police chief is in trouble with the law.
Andi Higbee was arrested early Sunday morning in Sheldon for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. This is not his first arrest
Andi Higbee was pulled over just after midnight Sunday morning, on Route 105 in Sheldon, by members of the Vermont State Police. According to troopers, the 44-year-old failed to properly use a turn signal. He was subsequently arrested for Driving Under the Influence. The deputy chief of the Burlington Police Department was off-duty at the time.
"Earlier this morning I was made aware that Deputy Chief Andi Higbee had been pulled over just after midnight," said Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling in a statement Sunday. "Deputy Chief Higbee has been placed on paid administrative leave. No additional detail is available or expected today (as) we work to gather information regarding this personnel matter."
This is not Higbee's first alcohol-related arrest. In 1999, he pleaded guilty to drunk driving after crashing his car in Charlotte. Higbee was temporarily demoted after that conviction but was later promoted to lieutenant, and then deputy chief.
Higbee is often the spokesperson for the department. Most recently, this past Friday, talking about the importance of not getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
"The message needs to be loud and clear. Use designated drivers, use taxis, whatever it may take. Don't take the chance. It's not worth it to the motoring or the pedestrians," Higbee said Friday.
Higbee was processed at the St. Albans barracks and released on a citation. He is due in court Aug. 12.
"I am deeply concerned about the situation involving Deputy Chief Higbee," said Burlington's Mayor Miro Weinberger in a statement Sunday afternoon. "I support Chief Schirling's decision to place (him) on immediate leave," the statement continued. "I also am confident that all the members of the Burlington Police Department will continue to work effectively to keep our community safe without distraction."
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