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Iowa Firefighter arrested for driving apparatus drunk to crash scene

Veteran Humboldt volunteer firefighter resigns after arrest

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WHO-TV reports a volunteer firefighter in Humboldt, Iowa has resigned after a June 6 arrest accusing him of driving apparatus to a traffic collision scene around 12:50 a.m.

AP via Des Moines Register:

Authorities have accused a volunteer firefighter of being drunk while driving a fire vehicle in northern Iowa.

Online court records say 42-year-old Jeffrey Feaster of Dakota City is charged with operating under the influence, first offense. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday from the Associated Press.

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The Messenger:

The complaint stated his blood alcohol content was .163 percent.

It further went on to state that two field sobriety tests were done on Feaster, including a walk and turn test and an eyesight test. The complaint said Feaster failed both.

Feaster, in the complaint, also allegedly had impaired balance and slurred speech.

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There are no rules preventing firefighters from drinking before the start of their shift. The Iowa Firefighter’s Association says both volunteer and paid firefighters are encouraged to not respond to a call if they are impaired for feel they won’t be able to perform their duties.

The IFA helps make regulations for departments and says rules for drinking and driving should be implied. The organization does not keep record of firefighters misconduct. Humboldt city officials say Feaster did not have a history of police activity. He volunteered on the department for 18 years.

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