A firefighter had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he ran a red light and crashed his pickup into a middle-aged man leaving the 45-year-old father and an 11-year-old passenger critically injured, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show.
The 24-year-old firefighter, of Port Salerno, turned himself in to the sheriff’s office, said his private attorney. He faces charges driving while under the influence, and causing property damage and reckless driving.
The firefighter appeared before the Circuit Judge at the county jail. It was ordered that the he be held on $41,000 bail. He was later released from custody.
He cannot have contact either with the victim’s family or any witnesses. He must undergo random testing for drugs and alcohol.
The firefighter was hired by Palm Beach Fire Rescue. He was not on duty at the time of the accident, authorities said.
The firefighter, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, resigned his position with Palm Beach Fire Rescue. He was a probationary employee, a city spokeswoman said. Anyone with additional information concerning the crash is asked to contact your local law enforcement.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Driving the speed limit and staying sober on Florida’s highways isn’t just the law. It may save your life by keeping you from being in an accident. Unfortunately, in our practice, we have seen numerous instances where this hasn’t been followed which resulted in catastrophic consequences.”
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