Saturday, February 27, 2010

Are Troopers personally liable for damages?

Posted Feb. 20, 2010, from the Brattleboro Reformer, Vermont

State trooper ordered to pay damages for faulty blood alcohol content report
The Associated Press

NEWPORT - A judge in a small claims court case is ordering a Vermont State Police trooper to pay a Lowell man $1,200.

The judge found that Trooper David Robillard claimed the blood alcohol content of William Henn of Lowell was above the legal limit for driving during a November 1998 stop when it was not.

The higher reading led to a nine-day suspension of Henn's driver's license. The damages cover Henn's legal expenses and the cost of hiring a driver when his license was under suspension. Robillard claimed the higher reading was valid.

Henn's attorney David Sleigh says it's the first time he's seen a judgment entered against an individual trooper. The state Department of Public Safety says it's going to appeal.


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