Vergennes Police in state's crosshairs

According to a Vermont State Police news report, Vergennes Police Chief Michael Lowe is now being investigated for a minor automobile accident that took place on School Street last Sunday; the police cruiser Lowe was driving allegedly hit a parked car.

Lowe hit the rear end of the car around 2 p.m., according to State Police. The parked car was unoccupied; Lowe was not injured, they said, and was off duty.

Lowe did not return a call when a Burlington news reporter attempted to contact him.

Lowe, in a Vermont news interview that appeared in May, acknowledged problems with the department's record-keeping. There are also questions about Vergennes police officiers having completed certain firearms and first-aid courses required to stay certified as police officers.

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