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Repeat DUI offender held without bail

May 17, 2010

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ST. ALBANS, Vt.—A judge says a Vermont man who went to prison for a fatal drunk driving wreck and was charged with DUI a month after getting out is a threat to public safety and can't be let out.

In court Monday, Vermont District Court Judge Gregory Rainville ordered 54-year-old Douglas Gardner of Highgate held without bail at his arraignment in St. Albans.

Vermont State Police say Gardner drove a car down an embankment Saturday in Highgate. He'd been released from prison April 14 after serving nearly 20 years for a 1990 crash that killed Billy LaBier III.

He faces charges that include drunken driving and aggravated operation of a motor vehicle without the owner's consent.

LaBier's mother, Pat LaBier, of Enosburg, says Gardener's arrest is "reliving 20 years ago all over again."

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