A Sussex firefighter is arrested, accused of driving drunk behind the wheel of a fire truck and hitting a parked car.
The fire chief told WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino as soon as he learned of the incident Monday, he placed the firefighter on administrative leave.
The chief said the crash happened during a Memorial Day event Monday.
The firefighter was driving a fire truck when he hit a parked car.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office responded, but they called in the State Patrol because of a potential conflict of interest since the village of Sussex contracts out their police services to the Sheriff’s Office.
The responding trooper could smell alcohol on the firefighter’s breath. The firefighter blew a 0.08 and failed several field sobriety tests.
The fire chief released this statement to WISN 12 News saying in part, “We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior by any member. We support the legal process. I want to confirm we are very proud of our dedicated members and the service to the community that they have provided the past 94 years. This is a personnel matter and I’m not at liberty to say any more.”
The State Patrol said the firefighter was driving with an expired license.
He was booked and released by the State Patrol.