A Houston County fire fighter could find himself out of a job after being accused of driving a fire truck while drunk, 13WMAZ reports.
Ironically, Jordan Bouley was driving to Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins to teach a public safety education course when he was pulled over. Bouley was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, hit and run, and a probation violation. It was his second DUI arrest.
"We got a call from a resident who noticed one of our fire trucks driving erratically and hit a mail box," Houston Fire Chief Jimmy Williams said. A Houston County 911operator notified the Georgia State Patrol.
According to GSP, Bouley hit both a mailbox and a road sign while driving the fire truck. Bouley was given a Breathalyzer test which indicated that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Bouley was on probation from another DUI arrest, according to Houston jail records. That means that if Bouley is convicted of the second offense he'll likely face harsher penalties.
Georgia's DUI law has escalating penalties for subsequent DUI convictions. A first offense could get you up to a year in prison, a maximum fine of $1,000, at least 40 hours of community service, and an alcohol risk reduction program. A second offense in five years, will get you a minimum prison term of 90 day and at least 30 days of community service in addition to the fine and the risk reduction program.
The incident could also cost Bouley his job. Williams says that Houston County has a zero tolerance policy for employees using alcohol or drugs on the job. "Certainly we do not condone this, and we're not going to tolerate that in the department, and will do what it takes to make sure the public is safe," Williams said.
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