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Police chief processed for DUI

The news wasn't good for Vergennes' beleaguered police department-Vergennes Chief of Police Michael Lowe was processed for driving a cruiser car while under the influence of prescription drugs. Lowe hit a parked car at the intersection of Maple and School streets downtown around 2 p.m. June 7.

In addition to last week's news about Chief Lowe, the department had been criticized recently over questions about firearms and first-aid training.

A State Police report said Lowe, age 50, was off duty when he collided with the parked car. There were no reported injuries during the incident.

"The responding trooper observed that Chief Lowe was displaying signs of possible impairment," VSP Capt. Donald Patch told news reporters last week. "There was no evidence of alcohol consumption. Further investigation revealed that the chief had consumed prescribed prescription medication..."

Lowe was not charged with a crime according to Patch.

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