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

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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