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Belchertown Police Chief pulled over for suspected drunk driving

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Reports of an erratic driver on East Street led Granby Police to a car they say was being driven by Belchertown Police Chief Francis Fox.

According to the police report, the 911 caller said that on two occasions, the vehicle was traveling on the wrong side of the road.

An officer with the Granby Police Department pulled the car over on Superbowl Sunday in February and recognized the driver as Belchertown Police Chief Francis Fox.

"The allegations of drunk driving or impaired driving are serious for any person, any motorist on Belchertown roads for safety concerns, and to have a town official accused of that is obviously even more of a concern," said Board of Selectman Chairman Ron Aponte.

According to the police report, a Granby police officer said there was "a strong smell of alcohol emitted from his breath as he spoke with me and he was slurring his words."

Residents weren't shy with their opinions.

"I view drunk driving no different than having your hand on the gun." 

The officer also said that "Chief Fox then asked me if I knew who he was and told me that he had been a cop for 30 years."

He also "stated that he had to be at the police academy to (explicit) with recruits at 8:00 am."

Chief Fox was never given a breathalyzer or arrested.

"I think it's a dangerous double standard that we can have a police state in this country, that they're able to do what they like to do, but the rest of us, can lose our jobs and livelihood," said one resident. 

"We understand the officer's decision not to arrest Fox may not have been the preferred or even the popular method. He did however, locate the caller and vehicle, stopped it, removed the public safety threat and documented his actions thoroughly," the Granby Police Department said in a statement. 

Belchertown Selectboard Chair Ron Aponte hasn't seen the report yet. He says the town will find out what happened.

"We will move and act accordingly, obviously with the towns best interest at heart," Aponte said. 

Chief Fox has not commented on the report. 

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