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Jail term for Virginia firefighter accused of driving rig while drunk

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A Virginia volunteer firefighter arrested at the scene of a Bedford County crash after a police chase in November will spend weekends in jail to serve a three month sentence. Joshua Mata drove a rig for the Brookville-Timberlake VFD when he was attested on a DUI charge with a blood alcohol level of .20.

Elizabeth Tyree & Priscilla Kaiser, WSET-TV:

A local firefighter arrested for DUI in October while driving an emergency vehicle to a call on Route 460 and Turkey Foot Road pleaded no contest to reckless driving in Bedford County General District Court on Friday.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney amended the DUI charge to Misdemeanor Reckless Driving.

At the time of the incident, Mata was a Brookville-Timberlake Volunteer firefighter along with a firefighter at the Lynchburg Fire Department.

He was placed on leave from the Brookville-Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department in November shortly after the incident and in court on Friday it was revealed he is no longer an employee at the Lynchburg Fire Department.

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