Quantcast

Lawyers: Vt. state police had DUI bounty system - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Lawyers: Vt. state police had DUI bounty system

Posted: Updated:

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Lawyers for the deputy Burlington police chief charged with drunken driving say the Vermont State Police created a "bounty" system with a financial incentive for troopers to make unlawful traffic stops.

A court filing from Andi Higbee's lawyers says troopers on DUI patrols were told that they would lose an opportunity to get overtime pay if they failed to make arrests during a summer campaign.

Higbee, who was off-duty at the time, says there was no reason to pull him over on July 21 in Sheldon and insufficient evidence to seek a breath test.

Senior Trooper Jay Riggen told the Burlington Free Press that no trooper was paid more for making DUI arrests that night. He said the DUI enforcement grants allow police to focus on impaired drivers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Related Stories:

Burlington cop accused of DUI back on the job

Higbee lawyer claims prosecutors are withholding evidence

Do Vt. State Police have to meet ticket quotas?

Higbee to fight DUI stop

Could cruiser cam recording clear Burlington cop of DUI?

Alcohol tests withheld in Burlington officer's arrest

Burlington police to hire investigator in deputy chief DUI arrest

Burlington deputy police chief arrested for DUI

Burlington police officer arrested for suspected DUI

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.