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VA fire captain charged with DUI & leaving MD crash scene in department SUV

No explanation why off-duty captain had Loudoun County SUV in Maryland

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There’s a big detail left hanging following reporter Paul Wagner’s story this evening. The report uncovered charges last month against a Virginia fire captain. According to the WTTG-TV/FOX5 reporter, Capt. Brandon Billingsley was off-duty in a Loudoun County Fire & Rescue vehicle on the evening of November 11 when police in Montgomery County, Maryland charged him with leaving the scene of a three-vehicle crash where someone was hurt. Billingsley was also charged with DUI.

The unanswered question: Why was Capt. Billingsley, a Montgomery County resident, driving the fire department SUV in Maryland while he was off-duty?

Loudoun County Fire-Rescue told Wagner that Bilingley is currently on administrative leave.

It appears WJLA-TV/ABC7 is now on the story (tweet below). Maybe they will find the answer.

Paul Wagner, WTTG-TV/FOX5:

A Loudoun County Fire and Rescue spokesperson says Billingsley was driving a Loudoun County fire vehicle, but he was off duty.

Court records show that Billingsley lives in Montgomery County, Maryland, and pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle while under the influence in 2009.

The spokesperson acknowledged that the previous charge is a matter of public record. However, it remains a personnel matter that they will not discuss.

FOX 5 reached out to Billingsley’s attorney, Alex Foster, who said:

“They charged him with a DUI but I don’t know what prompted that. He did not take a breathalyzer and did not perform any field sobriety tests due to being injured in the crash and transported for medical assistance (minor). I don’t know why they charged a DUI or if they have any evidence of impairment, or if they just assumed that.”

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