- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - South Burlington Police say they’ll resume releasing breath test results from suspects charged with drunken driving.

Police Chief Trevor Whipple tells the Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/1D6bRNB ) that news releases will now include preliminary breath test results in DUI cases or whether the suspect refused the test.

South Burlington joins other Vermont agencies that have reversed a decision to withhold test results from the public. The reason was that releasing the information could keep a defendant from getting a fair trial.

Several police chiefs objected and advocates of transparency, including Gov. Peter Shumlin, said they favored release of the information.

Vermont State Police and the Department of Motor Vehicles also will release the test results. The decisions came after a series of public records requests by the Burlington Free Press.



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