An assistant attorney general says an investigation has started into the conduct of a Vermont state trooper regarding allegations of driving under the influence.
John Treadwell tells the Burlington Free Press he is waiting for the paperwork on the investigation. He said it's his understanding that state police are referring the matter to his office for review and potential prosecution.
He declined to confirm the name of the trooper or the barracks to which the trooper was assigned.
Vermont State Police issued a press release Thursday afternoon saying that they are conducting an internal investigation into the conduct of a state trooper. The release said the attorney general's office is conducting an investigation to determine if the trooper's conduct is a criminal violation.
"This will be fully investigated by the Vermont State Police and the Vermont Attorney General's office," Vermont State Police Director Col. Tom L'Esperance said. "All Vermont State Troopers are expected to abide by the laws of this state, and are held to a higher standard than the public in the way that they conduct themselves."
The trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave pending any possible personnel action.