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Attorney General's Office Drops DUI Case Against Former Trooper


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The Vermont Attorney General's Office has dropped a charge against a former state trooper who was allegedly intoxicated while driving a cruiser on duty.

Eric Rademacher, who resigned after his 2015 arrest, had been slated to go on trial later this year for a charge of driving under the influence. His first trial, in February 2017, ended with a hung jury.

On March 2, 2015, Rademacher was called to a traffic accident in Killington around 4:30 a.m., authorities said. Officers on the scene reported smelling alcohol on his breath, and a preliminary breath test measured his blood-alcohol level over the legal driving limit, authorities said. Rademacher's attorney contested the accuracy of the test during nearly two years of litigation.

In a notice Friday dismissing the charge, Assistant Attorney General Evan Meenan cited Rademacher's completion of both a residential alcohol-treatment program and lengthy outpatient counseling. "This treatment will hopefully enable [Rademacher] to avoid engaging in behavior like that which led to charges in this case," Meenan wrote.