Sunday 19 May 2019

On duty fireman arrested on suspicion of drink driving while behind the wheel of fire engine

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A fireman has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving while on duty behind the wheel of a fire engine.

The driver of the emergency vehicle is understood to have been stopped while returning from an emergency incident and failed a breath test at the side of the road on Friday as gardai clamped down on road offences over the bank holiday weekend.

He was then arrested on suspicion of drink driving and faces a fine of €200 and a three-month disqualification from driving.

But he could also face disciplinary action at the station where he works.

Independent.ie has learned that the station where the emergency worker is based is not in Dublin.

A fire service spokesperson confirmed the incident and said the matter is under investigation and that gardai were involved.

The spokesperson said the fire service would take the appropriate action when the investigation was fully completed.

A garda spokeswoman also confirmed the incident and said a fixed penalty notice would be issued to the person involved.

"A person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on May 5 while driving a fire truck. A fixed penalty notice will be issued in relation to the matter," she explained.

New drink driving laws that came into effect in October last year state that anyone caught with a blood alcohol concentration level between 50mg and 80mg will receive an automatic three month disqualification and a €200 fine.

After the bank holiday weekend gardai confirmed that at a checkpoint on the N81 in Tallaght on Monday 250 drivers were tested and four were arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Two were arrested for drink driving, while the other two were arrested for suspected driving while under the influence of drugs.

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