Vermont deputy sheriff fired; police say he was racing brother on I-91

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The deputy sheriff of Caledonia County has been fired for speeding while off-duty in June.

Officials say that the Vermont State Police pulled over Deputy Sheriff Joseph Santo and another car on Interstate 91 in St. Johnsbury on June 6.

Police say Santo said he was “pacing” the other vehicle — or matching its speed while trying to get license plate information.

An investigation determined that Santo was likely racing the other car, which was driven by his brother.

Santo offered to resign. He was fired on Tuesday. Caledonia Sheriff Dean Shatney says that, “When something like this happens it gives us all a black eye, you know. It’s unfortunate.”

No phone listing exists for Santo. He had worked for the sheriff’s department for about six months.

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