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San Francisco Fire Department under Investigation

Posted by Seth Chazin | Nov 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

The District Attorney of San Francisco is currently investigating the San Francisco Fire Department after firefighter Michael Quinn was accused of crashing his fire truck into a motorcyclist while under the influence of alcohol. The investigation is trying to resolve whether or not fellow fire fighters are covering up Quinn's actions.

Quinn, who has been with the fire department for 23 years, allegedly ran a red light and crashed into a motorcyclist propelling the motorcyclist into a fire hydrant and leaving him severely injured. Quinn was purportedly not at the crash scene when the police arrived, which was 40 minutes after the incident occurred.

Police are said to have footage of Quinn drinking water at a local pub in hopes of sobering up before he returned to the station. Once the police found him, Quinn's blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.13 percent, .05 percent above the legal limit for driving. [veh Code 23152 (b)]

Quinn has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving [veh Code 23152] and hit-and-run [ Veh code 20002c] , but has not been charged yet. The District Attorney has not finished investigating the case. So far, 21 firefighters, paramedics, and others on duty the night the crash occurred were interviewed by police. At least two firefighters that work with Quinn may be facing consequences. One of the firefighters interviewed denied being at the bar with Quinn, yet was purportedly seen in security- camera footage talking to him in the bar.

The chief of the fire department has confirmed that Quinn, who has been on leave without pay since the accident, resigned on November 1st, avoiding a formal dismissal scheduled for that day.

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