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Vt. prosecutor won't appeal border DUI case

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont prosecutor says he's not going to appeal the dismissal of a drunken driving charge against a woman a judge found was improperly detained by federal border agents.

Orleans County State's Attorney Alan Franklin says the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the charges against 29-year-old Meaghan Leary of Derby are unique and wouldn't apply in other cases.

Last month, Judge Howard Van Benthuysen ruled that an agent with Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol didn't show a valid reason for taking Leary's keys and holding her for 53 minutes until a trooper arrived and arrested her on a DUI charge.

Customs and Border Protection says its agents regularly help enforce state laws along the border and agents are committed to public safety.

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