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DUI charged Lebanon city councilor thankful for compassion from community

Union Leader Correspondent
April 18. 2018 9:41PM

LEBANON - City Councilor Karen Liot Hill said Tuesday she is taking her DUI arrest Thursday “very seriously” and is touched by the outreach from the community she has received since news of her arrest broke.

Liot Hill was arrested on Thursday at 4:42 p.m., according to Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.

Liot Hill was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on June 4 in the 2nd Circuit Court District Division in Lebanon.

Liot Hill said Tuesday that on advice from her attorney she would not discuss the details surrounding the charges, but as a public servant feels compelled to be open and transparent with the public about her situation.

“I take it seriously. … I owe it to myself and to my family and my friends and the community to be forthright,” she said. “This is definitely a wakeup call and something that I have to take very seriously. I'm disappointed in myself, and I know that I've let people down. And I think I owe it to myself and all the people I serve to deal with the issues that led to this situation that I'm in.”

Liot Hill was first elected to the Lebanon City Council in 2005. In 2008 and 2009 she served on the council as mayor. She also serves as the Grafton County treasurer.

This is not her first DUI arrest. Liot Hill was charged with DUI in Hartford, Vt., in 2010. She later pled guilty and was convicted of grossly negligent operation.

Liot Hill said she has been touched by the community's compassion in her time of trouble.

“This is a really tough personal time, but I've been really touched by the support that I've received from people. It became public today, and I've heard from people who have just been very compassionate and I think that this is an issue that touches a lot of families,” Liot Hill said. “And I'm sad that this just seems to be an issue that touches a lot of families.”

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