Portland firefighter found guilty of DUI

A Portland jury recently found a firefighter guilty of DUI after a two-day trial on charges that he crashed his van into a parked car while driving under the influence of intoxicants. In addition to the DUI conviction, the firefighter was found guilty of reckless driving.

The firefighter was reportedly cleared of hit-and-run driving, though, as there was insufficient proof that he knew he hit the parked car before leaving the scene of the accident in his vehicle.

At the time of his arrest, he reportedly admitted to police during questioning that he had drank five or six drinks. His blood alcohol level was measured at .10 percent, above the legal limit of .08 percent.

The firefighter was sentenced to 10 days in jail, a one-year suspension of his driver's license, a $1,000 fine, and 48 hours of community service. He will also be required to undergo professional evaluation for alcohol dependency and treatment, if necessary.

According to sources, two other Portland firefighters were arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2011. One of them pleaded no contest to the charge in March and was placed in a diversion program which will allow for his case to eventually be dismissed. The other was arrested back in January for crashing into a utility pole.

The Portland Police Bureau has also apparently been struggling with its officers driving under the influence while off duty. Five of its officers were arrested on accusations of impaired driving between late 2010 and 2011. Because of the incidents, the Police Chief will soon be looking into alcohol use among the officers and comparing it to alcohol use in the general public.

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