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While no one has addressed exactly why an off-duty Loudoun County (VA) Fire Rescue captain was driving around Montgomery County, Maryland in a department SUV, WJLA-TV/ABC7 reporter Kevin Lewis has new details on the November 11 crash. Lewis talked with neighbor Brian Adom who says Billingsley “was trashed”. Adom told Lewis he saw Capt. Brian Billingsley flee the scene of the three vehicle collision that left at least one woman injured. Billingsley has been on administrative leave since the incident and faces the following charges:
- Failure to drive vehicle on right side of road
- Negligent driving
- Failure to immediately stop vehicle at scene of accident involving bodily injury
- Driving under the influence
- Driving while impaired
MORE: Billingsley lives in this Damascus home with his parents.
Defense attorney Alex Foster told me the 31yo fire captain maintains his innocence.
"Until proven otherwise, he is not guilty of anything, but getting into a car accident, which happens every minute in our area." pic.twitter.com/OHie44eNjB
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) December 10, 2018
The SUV appeared to have hit two other vehicles on the two-lane road before plowing through a barbed-wire fence and striking an evergreen tree. The SUV’s emergency lights were flashing, and its sirens were blaring.
“He got out of the truck with a pizza in hand and was completely oblivious to the accident,” Adom recalled. “He put the pizza down on the hood of the truck and then looked around and was like, ‘Oh s—, I crashed into something.’ He then put the pizza in the back seat of the truck and just walked away.”
Adom retrieved his 130-pound Rottweiler Mastiff mix, named Bear, and walked behind his house, which backs to a rolling cow pasture. It was around 8 p.m. with no streetlights in sight. Adom told Bear to find the driver who had wandered off into the dark abyss.
“Bear got to him quick, and the guy gave up pretty easy,” Adom said. “We then we walked him back up here, stumbling and all.”