Vermont auditor pleads guilty to drunken driving

AP News
Posted: Dec 03, 2009 5:12 PM

The state auditor of Vermont, who gained national notice when he deployed to Iraq during his re-election campaign, has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

Auditor Tom Salmon appeared in court Thursday in Barre (BEH'-ree) and agreed to pay nearly $900 in fines and court costs. His license has also been suspended.

Salmon was stopped Nov. 13 by police in Montpelier. The 46-year-old told the court he made a mistake and he wanted to take responsibility.

He was first elected in 2006. He was not allowed to participate in his re-election campaign last year because he was serving in Iraq with the Naval Reserve.

The Pentagon bans politicking by active-duty military members.