A captain with the Weber Fire District was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in August. Police in Ogden, Utah, claim that the 45-year-old man was involved in an injury accident on August 21. Authorities say that the man was behind a vehicle on Wall Avenue in Ogden when a car in front of him stopped due to traffic conditions.
The fire captain is accused of crashing into the rear-end of the car that he was traveling behind. Authorities say that the people in the lead vehicle suffered minor injuries in the crash.
During an investigation of the wreck, police claim that the fire captain performed poorly in roadside tests. Authorities claim that he admitted to having downed about six or seven beers. He was arrested after the crash, but authorities have not filed any formal charges. As the police investigation continues, fire officials say that the fire district will also look into the matter. The captain has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
The fire captain has a previous DUI conviction dating from the mid-1990s, according to Deseret News.
Drunk driving charges in Utah can come with serious consequences if a person is convicted of the charge. Generally, a first or second time DUI offense may be charged as a class B misdemeanor under the law.
However, when an injury accident is allegedly associated with a DUI offense, the injury can be used as an aggravating factor to increase the level of the offense. Moreover, if authorities claim that a drunk driving accident resulted in serious bodily injury to another, the charge can be elevated to a felony-level offense—even on a first-time DUI situation.
Source: Deseret News, “Weber fire captain arrested in DUI case,” Pat Reavy, Sept. 24, 2013