The Burlington Police Department is searching for an independent investigator to look into Deputy Chief Andi Higbee's alleged DUI and how his arrest will affect his future with the department.
Higbee was pulled over early Sunday morning on Route 105 in Sheldon and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
His attorney, Brooks McArthur, says an alcohol breath tests shows Higbee was under the legal limit for driving. He says a second test done a few minutes later showed he was slightly over the legal limit.
But if convicted, this would be Higbee's second DUI during his 24-year career with the BPD.
Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling says it is an unfortunate situation, but every aspect of the case will be taken into consideration.
"We have to be accountable for things that we do. At the same time that shouldn't diminish the quality of service that he has provided, both to the agency and the citizens of Burlington," Schirling said. "First concern is for the organization, I certainly have concern for Andi and the couple of conversations I have had with him, as you would expect from him, from anyone who knows him, his primary concern is how this impacts the organization."
Vermont State Police will conduct the criminal investigation into the case. Higbee is currently on paid leave.
The BPD will also begin discussions on who will become the interim deputy chief while Higbee remains on leave.
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