Richford Police Commissioner To Quit Over Second DUI

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The police commissioner in the town of Richford is calling it quits after his second drunk driving charge.

Dan Newton, who’s also a member of the Select Board, was charged with DUI second offense and resisting arrest Saturday night. A sheriff’s deputy said his car was spotted weaving down a road with no lights on. His blood alcohol content was .251, more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Vermont.

Newton tells the St. Albans Messenger he will probably plead guilty to the drunk driving charge but not the resisting arrest count.

The 55-year-old says he plans to step down as police commissioner – an appointed position with no salary – but will stay on the Select Board until his term expires next year.

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