PGFD volunteer chief arrested after police pursue him in fire department vehicle

The Prince George’s County Fire & EMS Department (MD) shared this release from the Charles County Sheriff’s about the arrest of the chief of the Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Matthew Fowler:

Chief Matthew Fowler from Charles County Sheriff’s Office

OFF-DUTY PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE CHIEF ARRESTED: On October 24 at 4:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Lisa Drive in Waldorf for the report of a man threatening to slash the tires on his girlfriend’s car. Officers arrived and observed the suspect in a silver Ford F-150 truck, marked with PGFD logos from the Silver Hill Fire Department. They initiated a traffic stop, but the driver fled. Officers pursued the driver a short distance, but stopped when he entered Prince George’s County. While officers continued investigating, they received a call at 6:11 a.m. that the man had returned to Lisa Drive. Officers responded and attempted to stop the suspect, but he fled again. Officers pursued the driver who eventually stopped about a mile away. Matthew Reginald Fowler, 49, of Waldorf, was taken into custody and transported to the Charles County Detention Center. He was charged with 22 traffic violations including negligent driving and reckless driving. It was learned Fowler is a Volunteer Chief of the Silver Hill Fire Department and was operating one of the fire department vehicles when the incidents occurred. The investigation is ongoing.