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VSP trooper arrested in Rutland

On Oct. 7, at approximately 11:39 p.m., the Rutland City Police Department was dispatched to a disturbance-investigated by Rutland City Police Department-at the Down Town Tavern in Rutland City.

A VSP BOL (be on the lookout) was issued for a black pickup truck operated by a male, who was involved in the dispute; he had left the establishment prior to the arrival of law enforcement. The Rutland City Police Department and the Vermont State Police responded to the area looking for the vehicle.

Rutland City Officer Joseph Barlett located the truck at the intersection of Washington and East Washington streets.

Barlett initiated a traffic stop and identified the operator as Joshua Lemieux, 38, of Rutland, a trooper with the Vermont State Police.

Trooper Lemieux was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, at which time Sgt. Doug Norton with the Vermont State Police took the trooper into custody and transported him to the Rutland Barracks. He was processed for Driving Under the Influence.

Lemieux was arrested for DUI Refusal, a violation of Title 23 V.S.A. 1201.

"These allegations are disturbing and serious," said Col. Thomas L'Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police. "The Vermont State Police take DUI enforcement seriously. I am particularly concerned when a Vermont State Trooper is accused of driving under the influence. Lemieux was subsequently relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave with pay."

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