Judge leaves courthouse in an ambulance

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A judge who stood up during a hearing just before noon Wednesday and announced that he wasn't feeling well ended up being taken to the hospital by paramedics in a move that was described as largely precautionary in nature.

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    Judge Timothy Tomasi was in the midst of a routine sentencing and had only been on the bench about 15 minutes when he calmly made his announcement and stood up and left.  

    A few minutes later a court officer came back into the courtroom and explained that all of Tomasi's remaining schedule for the day was being cancelled and would have to be rescheduled.

    As that announcement was being made, sirens from an approaching Hartford Ambulance could be heard outside.

    Officials noted that Tomasi was conscious and talkative throughout his examination by paramedics at the courthouse and said that he appeared to be in good spirits.

Judge Timothy Tomasi on the bench during a hearing last year in White River Junction

UPDATE:  On Thursday afternoon Vermont State Court Administrator Patricia Gabel said that Judge Tomasi is expected to return to work soon.

    "Judge Tomasi is fine," Gabel said from her office in Montpelier.  "He wasn't feeling well so out of an abundance of caution he went to the hospital for medical treatment" but he has since been released and "everything is fine."

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