One of Burlington's top cops -- accused of driving drunk this summer -- is headed back to court.
Burlington Dep. Chief Andi Higbee will go before a judge Tuesday afternoon to fight for his right to drive. His license was suspended after a Vermont State Trooper pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving. Higbee was charged with his second DUI.
Higbee's attorney says Trooper Lucas Hall will testify, telling the court his basis for the stop. The State will also call a chemist to testify about Higbee's blood alcohol level. Higbee was pulled over in July for allegedly failing to use his turn signal as he was leaving a concert at Sheldon Casino. His attorney claims it was a bad stop, saying the trooper was not in a position to see Higbee's blinker and was instead trying to meet what he calls, a "quota."
Higbee is also scheduled to take the stand as well as a chemist for the defense. Two other state troopers were subpoenaed. The hearing is expected to take up to four hours. The big questions to answer: was it a good stop? Was Higbee's blood alcohol level above the .08 legal limit? And should he get his license back?
Higbee returned to work at the Burlington Police Department last month on desk duty.
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