State Auditor Tom Salmon is facing a charge of driving under the influence after a routine traffic stop in Montpelier Friday night.
According to a police summary of the incident, Trooper Brandon Doll stopped Salmon around 10:30 p.m. Salmon was driving a 2008 Honda Civic and failed to use a turn signal.
"In speaking with Salmon it was determined that he had been drinking, and Salmon admitted to having a few drinks over the course of the evening," Doll noted in his report.
Salmon was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and was issued a citation to appear in Vermont District Court in Barre on Dec. 3.
The auditor had taken three employees and their spouses out for dinner to celebrate two promotions and one pay grade increase, Salmon told Seven Days.
"Long dinner, specialoccasion. On the way home, I failed to put my on my signal during aroutine right turn in Montpelier and was stopped," Salmon said. "Asked if I wasdrinking I said yes, red wine. Was taken in and blew a .086. DUI 1. Ididn't protest anything."