by Guy Page
John Quinn, the State of Vermont’s Secretary of Digital Services, was cited for disorderly conduct Wednesday, July 20 on State Street in Montpelier, Montpelier police said yesterday.
“Mr. Quinn was issued a citation for Disorderly Conduct to appear on 9-2-2022,” Montpelier Police Chief Brian Peete responded to a Vermont Daily Chronicle inquiry yesterday. “The case has not been arraigned. Police responded to a call of an altercation at the parking lot of 120 State Street. The argument was related to a parking dispute. The altercation was not physical and there are no reported injuries.
Quinn, a Berlin resident appointed Secretary of Digital Services and Chief Information Officer by Gov. Phil Scott in April 2017, did not respond to an emailed request to comment.
A spokesperson for Gov. Phil Scott issued the following statement this afternoon:
“The Governor’s Office is aware that Agency of Digital Services Secretary John Quinn was involved in a state parking space incident on July 20, which resulted in the other driver apparently becoming agitated and causing damage to both vehicles.
“The Secretary has acknowledged his poor choice in parking and regrets the role it may have played in the other driver’s reaction.
“It is important to note, however, that Secretary Quinn’s parking choice does not justify the apparent angry reaction or damage caused by the other driver.
“In our assessment, the security video confirms the other driver became aggressive toward Secretary Quinn after attempting to move his truck and trailer. At no time does it appear that Secretary Quinn became disorderly, and he promptly called local police.
“The Department of Buildings and General Services has been directed to make this video available to the press upon request.
“It is our understanding that Secretary Quinn was issued a citation for his parking position. He is contesting this citation and the process will run its normal course through the justice system.
“We also understand the other driver received two citations, including a felony citation for the extensive damage caused to Secretary Quinn’s vehicle. Those will also work their way through the system.
“We will have no further comments on this matter as it makes its way through the proper channels.”
On July 21, at about 4:39 PM, state troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro. State police say operator Angel L. Rosado, 34, of Brattleboro was found to be in the possession of suspected cocaine. He was criminally cited and released to appear in court.
On July 22, at about 6 AM, state troopers were notified of a vehicle parked in the roadway of Brosseau Rd in Highgate. They found James Perron, 36, of St. Albans as the operator and observed impairment. Perron was screened for DUI and subsequently brought to the VSP St Albans Barracks for processing. Troopers were assisted by a drug recognition expert from Milton Police Department. He was ordered to appear in court to face charges of DUI – drugs.