In e-mail following traffic stop, Belchertown chief thanked Granby P.D.

Chief Fox will remain on paid administrative leave indefinitely

E-mail sent by Belchertown Chief Francis Fox to Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart. Courtesy: Granby Police Department

GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – Belchertown Police Chief Francis Fox sent an e-mail to Granby’s chief, one day after Fox was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, but let go.

Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart released the February 2nd e-mail to 22News, in which Fox expressed gratitude to Granby officers for the way they acted in the situation. Fox was not given a breathalyzer test, and was driven home. He stated that the night before he had a “couple of beers” while watching the Super Bowl.

“I probably should not have been driving got stopped and they gave me a break very professional and drove me home my apologies” the e-mail reads.

Fox went on to ask Wishart if he could have his officers check to see if the Granby officers had his cell phone, which he misplaced. In a follow-up e-mail, Fox stated that he found his phone inside his office.

Belchertown police chief francis fox
Belchertown Police Chief Francis Fox

The Belchertown Select Board voted to put Fox on paid administrative leave after the incident was first revealed by the 22News I-Team last week. Fox has also been suspended from teaching police cadets through the state’s Municipal Police Training Committee.

Belchertown Board of Selectmen Chairman Ron Aponte told 22News he couldn’t share much about what was discussed in private.

He said, “I really can’t discuss that, if Chief Fox wants to discuss that, that’d be up to him. But as far as I can say, we’ve made some progress I believe, and once again, we’re going to try and find out exactly what happened, try to find out the facts, and make a decision that’s in the best interest of the Town of Belchertown.”

They were in a private meeting for nearly two hours. Chief Fox will remain on paid administrative leave indefinitely. He declined to comment to our cameras.

The board plans on holding another meeting about the issue, but has not decided a date.

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