From 13abc: Lucas Co. prosecutor suspended for dropping charge From the article:
A local prosecutor is in hot water for dismissing a drunk driving charge against a Toledo firefighter.
We're told it's because dropping the charge made it look like the firefighter was getting a break. However, the city says there's no evidence the firefighter got special treatment.
Toledo Blade: DUI charge dismissed; firefighter fined $50 From the article:
The judge said the prosecutor asked that a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated be dismissed for evidentiary reasons.
Police said Mr. Steele, a 17-year firefighter with the city, was eastbound on Sylvania Avenue when he lost control at Phillips Avenue, struck a flagpole, a stone monument, a fire hydrant, and a traffic-control box.
Toledo Blade: Police say firefighter involved in single-vehicle drunken-driving crash From the article:
In a police incident report, Sgt. Thomas Morelli reported that Mr. Steele was driving eastbound on Sylvania Avenue when he lost control at Phillips Avenue and hit a flag pole, a stone monument, a fire hydrant, and a traffic-control box. The monument and hydrant flew through the air and smashed into a large stone support pillar at Boyd's Retro Candy Store, 954 Phillips Ave., at 11:44 p.m.
Toledo Blade: Station 5 firefighters face arrests, accusations
The Toledo Fire Department suspended two firefighters in late February over accusations that they used the life squad on Jan. 19 to ferry three nurses to and from downtown’s Station 5 and a Christmas party at the Blarney Irish Pub. The firefighters were on duty, and let the women pose for pictures in fire trucks. A nurse at one point slid down the station’s fire pole, Fire Chief Luis Santiago said.
It looks like there was a problem with evidence that would prove the alcohol level in the blood. At that point the prosecution is finished, unless the accused is a complete idiot and confesses to the crime. When he's sober and off the pain killers, that is.
This guy must have really been high-balling it to cause that kind of damage. It's fortunate no one was killed.
The article talking about Station 5 seems like a stretch to me - kind of like a 'so what?' moment. Alright, the hose draggers used the vehicle as a taxi. Big deal. Then a nurse slid down the pole at the firehouse? Again, so what?