A local firefighter arrested for DUI in October while driving an emergency vehicle to a call on Route 460 and Turkey Foot Road pleaded no contest to reckless driving in Bedford County General District Court on Friday.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney amended the DUI charge to Misdemeanor Reckless Driving.
In court Friday, it was revealed that Joshua Mata had a blood alcohol level of .20, while the legal limit is .08.
Mata pleaded no contest to the reckless driving charge, which means he is conceding the charge without admitting guilt and without presenting a defense.
The judge found him guilty and sentenced Mata to six months in jail with three months suspended, Mata will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.
Mata was responding to the scene of an accident involving a police chase when medical assistance and transport was requested
At the time of the incident, Mata was a Brookville-Timberlake Volunteer firefighter along with a firefighter at the Lynchburg Fire Department.
He was placed on leave from the Brookville-Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department in November shortly after the incident and in court on Friday it was revealed he is no longer an employee at the Lynchburg Fire Department.
The judge is allowing Mata to serve his three month sentence on the weekends.
His license will be suspended for six months and he will be required to have good behavior for 12 months.
The judge also recommended Mata not be a part of or affiliated with any public safety or first responder agency, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Defense Attorney decided to let future agencies make that decision for themselves.
Mata will report to jail on April 14 for his first weekend.