Court docs: Former Brownsburg fire chief’s BAC was three times legal limit during arrest


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2016) — Court documents show that the former Brownsburg Fire Chief had a blood alcohol concentration at more than three times the legal limit during his arrest for drunk driving.

IMPD officers arrested Bill Brown near Mass Ave on Sunday night, after he crashed his department-issued SUV through a fence and into a construction site.

According to an officer, who detailed the arrest in court paperwork, Brown recorded a BAC of .259, more than three times the legal limit.

An officer said in that paperwork that Brown’s “movements were very slow and sloppy” and that he “could not answer (a) question with any coherent speech.”

“I asked Mr. Brown what happened and he looked at me with a blank stare on his face. I asked again and he said ‘I’m a fireman’ in words that can only be described as severely slurred and nearly unintelligible,” the officer said.

When the officer asked Brown to get out of the car, he described Brown as unable to do so.

“Mr. Brown had to be physically held up by myself and (another officer) once his feet were on the ground because he was so unsteady,” the officer said.

Brown was alone at the time of the crash and told officers he had been inside a nearby restaurant. He was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, including operating a vehicle with a BAC equivalent to at least .15.

Brown appeared in court for the first time Thursday morning. A judge recommended that Brown’s license be immediately suspended but his attorney is fighting that recommendation. He was placed on administrative without pay Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Brownsburg Fire Territory board accepted Brown’s resignation. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Rinehart will be acting chief until the executive board hires a new chief.

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