Kennebunkport police chief resigns after traffic stop dispute

Posted March 04, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The abrupt resignation of the Kennebunkport police chief this week came after he was pulled over by one of his own officers on suspicion of drunken driving.

Town Manager Larry Mead said Friday that Joseph Bruni had a “contentious interaction” during the Feb. 11 traffic stop that ended with Bruni getting a ride home from an officer. He wasn’t charged, but he resigned Tuesday after a three-week investigation.

Bruni’s lawyer says the chief realized he had behaved badly and decided to step down after reflecting on it.

His lawyer says Bruni, a 30-year veteran who spent nine years as chief, is suffering from health problems and regrets any problems he caused.