BARRE – Police say a former state representative and former Barre City councilor hit a car while driving under the influence Wednesday night.

Police confirmed Thursday Paul Poirier hit a car while attempting to leave the bar Gusto's. He was reportedly driving under the influence and cited by police. The vehicles were reportedly undamaged.

Police did not immediately have more information to give, such as what Poirier's blood alcohol content was at the time of the crash nor when he would be arraigned on the charge. Poirier said Thursday he knows he has a problem and he needs to address it. 

Poirier served for nearly 20 years on the Barre City Council. He also served 11 years in the Legislature as an Independent. He came in fourth in Novemeber's election, falling behind Tommy Walz and Peter Anthony. John Steinman finish third.

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