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Judge Accepts Higbee's Plea Deal

It's case closed for Burlington's former deputy police chief.
ST. ALBANS, Vt. - It's case closed for Burlington's former deputy police chief. A judge accepted Andi Higbee's plea deal on Friday.

"I'm glad and very happy with the conclusion to the case, and super ready to get on with the next chapter in my life," Higbee said.

Higbee pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of negligent operation.

A Vermont State Police trooper pulled him over last summer in Sheldon for failing to use a turn signal. Higbee was initially charged with a DUI.

He will pay a $500 fine and has already completed alcohol counseling.

"The final charge itself is much more consistant with what happened then what was alleged by state police that night, so we're very happy with the outcome," Brooks McArthur, Defense Attorney, said.

Higbee pleaded guilty in 1999 to a DUI charge when he was sergeant. 

He has since retired from the Burlington Police Department.
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