• Housing official pleads to DUI
    September 12,2013

    Staff Report

    BARRE — The executive director of the Barre Housing Authority has received a suspended sentence and probation after pleading guilty this month to drunken driving.

    Charles “Chip” Castle, 60, changed his plea and was sentenced during a hearing Sept. 4 at the criminal courthouse in Rutland.

    In exchange for the guilty plea, Castle, who has one prior DUI conviction, received a suspended sentence of six to 12 months and was placed on probation, according to court officials. Castle initially pleaded not guilty to the charge at his July 22 arraignment, they said.

    Castle's latest DUI can be traced to the early evening of July 3, when state police say he was pulled over at a checkpoint on State Street in Rutland. During the stop, police determined he was operating under the influence. Castle was briefly taken into custody and later released on a citation.

    Castle is a former longtime member of the Barre Town Select Board and has served as the Barre Housing Authority's executive director since 2004.

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