Windsor County Prosecutor Won’t Charge Strafford Man With Prescription-Drug DUI

  • Scott Pixley chuckles at the situation he's found himself in as he sits with his father, Marvin Pixley, at his home in Strafford, Vt., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Pixley was arrested by Hartford police on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Blood tests that came back recently found the only drugs in his system were caffeine and a prescribed antidepressant he's been taking for 10 years. (Valley News - August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to August Frank

Published: 11/14/2018 4:53:29 PM
Modified: 11/15/2018 8:45:16 AM

White River Junction — The State’s Attorney’s Office has decided not to prosecute a 42-year-old Strafford man for driving under the influence of prescription drugs on Route 14 between Sharon and Hartford when he was pulled over in July.

Scott Pixley, who has long taken the antidepressant Effexor, was pulled over when he was running an errand for his parents.

Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill told the Valley News this afternoon by email that his office “has declined to prosecute Mr. Pixley for DUI. We do intend to charge him with Negligent Operation based upon the allegation that he crossed the center line of the roadway on several occasions and by several feet.

“This is not a case of a person being prosecuted for driving under the influence of a prescribed medication,” Cahill said.

Valley News columnist Jim Kenyon wrote about Pixley's case in the Sunday Valley News, prompting an outpouring of support for the Strafford resident.

Find a full report in Thursday’s Valley News. 

Read more: Jim Kenyon's full take in Thursday's Valley News.
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