A judge in a small claims court case is ordering a Vermont State Police trooper to pay a Lowell man $1,200.
The judge found that Trooper David Robillard claimed the blood alcohol content of William Henn of Lowell was above the legal limit for driving during a November 1998 stop when it was not.
The higher reading led to a nine-day suspension of Henn’s driver’s license. The damages cover Henn’s legal expenses and the cost of hiring a driver when his license was under suspension
Robillard claimed the higher reading was valid.
Henn’s attorney David Sleigh says it’s the first time he’s seen a judgment entered against an individual trooper.
The state Department of Public Safety says it’s going to appeal.
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