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Desmond Racicot
PLATTSBURGH — Former Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated.

According to the State Police blotter, Racicot, 48, was pulled over at 2:26 a.m. on Trafalgar Lane in the City of Plattsburgh.

He was charged with two misdemeanors — driving while intoxicated first offense and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent or higher.

And State Police gave him two infractions — unsafe turn, failure to signal; and operating a motor vehicle without inspection.

Racicot was given an appearance ticket.

He did not reply to phone and text messages asking for comment.

Racicot could be sentenced to a year in jail; $500 to $1,000 fine plus surcharge; an ignition interlock device on his car; six-month revocation of his driver’s license and, at the court’s discretion, participation in a STOP DWI Victims Impact Panel.


With 14 years under his belt, Racicot was one of the longest serving chiefs to ever head the City Police Department.

He was employed there for a total 27 years, with a salary of $118,652 at the time of his retirement.

Racicot gave up the job in January 2017 to take a position with Cisco Systems, an international security conglomerate headquartered in California.

He told the Press-Republican then that he looked forward to the opportunity to work from home and also travel some for that job.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Clinton County and statewide are in the midst of a crackdown on impaired driving, an effort launched every year around the Fourth of July holiday to make the roads safer.

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