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Alcohol at on-duty party investigated after Detroit firefighter crashes rig into car

TV station reports blood alcohol test shows firefighter was drunk at time of the collision

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Detroit Fire Department officials confirm an investigation into an on-duty promotion party is underway after a parked car was struck by a rig. According to Taryn Asher at WJBK-TV, a blood alcohol test indicated the firefighter behind the wheel was drunk at the time of the crash. The TV station reports chief officers were at the party where alcohol was served.

Taryn Asher, WJBK-TV:

FOX 2’s Taryn Asher learned it happened Sunday night at Engine 50 Ladder 23 on Houston Whittier on Detroit’s east side. It was supposed to be a dinner, celebrating promotions. We are told that firefighters who were at the party responded to a medical run. The firefighter behind the wheel hit a parked car, damaging the vehicle and the fire rig.

When police responded were told they checked the firefighter’s blood alcohol level, sources say the young firefighter was legally drunk. He blew a 0.108 and the other firefighters were never tested.

Detroit police are investigating the drunk driving crash, but we’re told Detroit Fire has launched an internal investigation, since the battalion chief, senior chief and other supervisors were at the party. The firefighter who allegedly drove the rig under the infuence has been suspended.

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