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Firefighter Found Guilty of Fire Truck DUI

Firefighter Found Guilty of Fire Truck DUI

Associated Press

December 16, 2010

MADISON, S.D. (AP) – A volunteer firefighter in Madison has been convicted of driving a fire truck while drunk over Labor Day weekend.

Jurors on Wednesday deliberated about 45 minutes before finding 43-year-old Scott Johnson guilty of driving under the influence.

Johnson was arrested following a false alarm call. A police officer tested Johnson’s blood-alcohol level as being just over the legal limit after Johnson had returned the truck to the station.

Johnson’s attorney argued that investigators couldn’t prove Johnson’s blood-alcohol level at the exact time he was driving the truck. But a state expert testified that Johnson’s alcohol level likely was higher when he was behind the wheel.

Johnson was suspended after his arrest but the fire chief says Johnson is not losing his job. He’s to be sentenced Jan. 3.

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