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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.
NEW: A Loudoun County Fire & Rescue employee crashed his bright red, department-issued SUV in Damascus on Nov. 11.
Police say Capt. Brandon Billingsley was driving drunk at the time, and fled from the scene.
Records show Billingsley pleaded guilty to a previous DWI in 2009. pic.twitter.com/eXql6daTYq
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) December 10, 2018
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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